Bitmate- Torrent Client from Pakistan

by Noc Team on March 9, 2011

On 27th February 2011, Umair Saif wrote,

“Do you want to improve the performance of your BitTorrent client over low-bandwidth connections? My research group has just released a modified BitTorrent client (BitMate) that improves the performance (and fairness) of low-bandwidth clients in the developing-world.”

By 7 March 2011, BitMate was downloaded by 10,000 users across the globe.

BitMate is a BitTorrent client fully compliant with the BitTorrent protocol and compatible with existing BitTorrent clients. It improves performance for low-bandwidth clients by optimizing them to as much as 70% while improving their fairness up to 1000%. It is based on the popular Vuze BitTorrent client, with a few key changes to the way the application interacts with the network.

“After two years of hard work, we’ve released our BitTorrent client for the developing-world, called BitMate … Within three days of releasing the BitMate clients, we already have thousands of downloads. BitMate improves the performance of low-bandwidth BitTorrent clients by more than 70%, without cheating or adversely affecting the performance of higher bandwidth peers.”

Dritte, Pakistan-based research group came up with this fascinating idea. Keeping our people and our connectivity problems in view, Bitmate has been especially developed to support torrent downloads on dial-up connections. People here in Pakistan and other developing countries, avoid downloading or uploading data. The reason behind is low-bandwidth dialup connections. So if you are tired of being left out of the BitTorrent loop, Download Bitmate and let the magic happen.

Umar Saif is teaching at Lahore University of Management Sciences. His research group Dritte is an initiative for leveraging Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for developing third world countries. Dritte focuses on developing both hardware and software infrastructure, specifically designed for the physical, social and economic realities of developing countries.



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