A Comparison of Streaming Extensions to BitTorrent
Peer-To-Peer (P2P) protocols have been widely accepted by users and operators alike as efficient mechanisms for non real-time content distribution. It is therefore reasonable to extend these protocols to also handle more demanding applications, such as multimedia streaming. Many researchers have proposed modifications to the well known BitTorrent protocol in order to adapt it to the needs of such applications. In this paper, the authors present findings from their experiments with three proposals for the integration of multimedia streaming into BitTorrent: the fixed-size window approach, the high-priority set approach and the stretching window approach.