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[liberationtech] BitMate: BitTorrent for development

Yosem Companys companys at
Thu May 17 00:33:23 PDT 2012

From:  Umar Saif <u... at>

Hi -

I am not sure if I have sent an email regarding our BitTorrent client
designed for low-bandwidth nodes in the developing-world. We released
BitMate almost a year ago -- to date, it has been downloaded more than
35,000 times by users from 173 countries.

It is fully compliant with the BitTorrent protocol and compatible with
existing BitTorrent clients. BitMate is implemented using azureus (Vuze)
code base. We have subtly changed the underlying mechanism (GPL'ed) without
changing the UI or the codebase that deals with the Vuze platform.

BitMate is designed to specifically improve the performance of
low-bandwidth peers (5-20 KB/sec); in our target conditions, Bitmate can
almost double your download performance. At the same time, it performs at
least as well as the traditional BitTorrent clients for high-bandwidth
peers (but you'll see most performance benefit for low-bandwidth peers in
the developing-world). Importantly, it improves its performance without
cheating (strategic behavior). Instead, it actually improves its download
performance by improving its upload contribution (by as much as 1000% !)

More info:
Code + download: (

Our ACM HotNets'11 paper:

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