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What is the BitTorrent protocol, and the technology behind it? What is the difference between BitTorrent and a content distribution network (CDN)?

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This isn't an appropriate question for this forum - please read the FAQ. –  Chopper3 May 27 '10 at 12:03
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A question regarding the BitTorrent protocol perhaps is better answered in the WebApps forum? If your question is about a specific BitTorrent app, please clarify to that effect. –  music2myear Jun 14 '11 at 16:45

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Well,

  • BitTorrent (the software) uses the - BitTorrent protocol.

  • What is the difference between "BitTorrent" and CDN? One is a technology, the other is an organizational approach. A CDN is not a technology to start with - it is a network used to deliver content using whatever standard the customer needs (mostly HTTP) using technology. The term CDN does not imply any specific technology.

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In a ven diagram, CDN would be a large circle, and BitTorrent would be a smaller circle completely within the CDN circle. –  music2myear Jun 14 '11 at 16:43

I don't know what exactly you're looking for, but if you find the wiki site lacking for bitorrent and CDN's maybe you can specify what you're trying to figure out?

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