Torrent client learns to self-throttle…

I am planning a series of posts on bandwidth hogs in the coming days, since the topic has resurfaced with a vengeance amidst discussions of net neutrality. I have mentioned in the past that fighting against peer to peer was a silly attitude for telcos who should be working with peer to peer client developers to ensure a non-disruptive use of network resources by said clients.

A new example of this is visible in the recent utorrent announcement relayed by slashdot today. Essentially, the new utorrent client will evaluate the amount of congestion in the network on the basis of the time needed for a packet to reach destination and will regulate the data load down and especially up on that basis to avoid using too much network resources when available.

Paradoxically, this might not be such good news to service providers who like the bandwidth hog argument to justify bashing net neutrality. If bandwidth hogs are no longer there, the emperor might very well stand naked…