Bram Cohen, the inventor of the BitTorrent protocol, has demonstrated a new P2P-live streaming protocol, which is claimed to be superior to all other streaming solutions on the market today.
Cohen demonstrated the P2P-live streaming protocol to TorrentFreak
and it is expected to be finalized in a few months.
Released 10 years ago, BitTorrent was the first widely adopted
technology that made it possible to download large videos online in a
timely fashion. Now Cohen is finalizing a new protocol, this time
aimed at P2P-live streaming. He claims that his implementation will
set itself apart from competitors with both its efficiency and
extremely low latency.
"The main areas of innovation relate to techniques he is using to
manage latency at an unprecedented low while controlling network
congestion," BitTorrent's VP of Product Management Simon Morris told
"As outlined in the academic literature on live P2P content delivery,
the management of live p2p streaming on the open internet requires
split second reconfigurations to reroute content delivery in the
fewest possible round trips between peers in the event of network
The demo reveals just a few seconds of latency. During the demo,
Cohen reveals that the streaming protocol probably won't be finished
until the summer: