Serving Content at the Edge of the Network

LONDON — Everyone gets irritated once in a while with the pedestrian pace of streaming media…what can peer-to-peer do about it?

Bottlenecks across networks can seriously slow the speed of delivery of streaming media – those who logged onto watch the Big Brother proceedings or the Madonna concert will know how the popularity of a certian feed can lead to naff performance.

P2P streaming demo
Alternatives do exist – madge.web’s Overnet network, for instance, bypasses the Internet for faster performance – and here’s an example that uses hierarchical peer-to-peer software to achieve it. Check out the nice Flash demo for an insight into how bottlenecks occur and what can be done to avoid them.

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