TopBT: A Topology-Aware and Infrastructure-Independent BitTorrent Client

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Executive Summary

BitTorrent (BT) has carried out a significant and continuously increasing portion of Internet traffic. While several designs have been recently proposed and implemented to improve the resource utilization by bridging the application layer (overlay) and the network layer (underlay), these designs are largely dependent on Internet infrastructures, such as ISPs and CDNs. In addition, they also demand large-scale deployments of their systems to work effectively. Consequently, they require multi-efforts far beyond individual users' ability to be widely used in the Internet.

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