The TRON Foundation has announced that it will make the BitTorrent network faster and more efficient. The integration of the TRON blockchain into the peer-to-peer system will create new incentives for digital content uploaders.
In July of this year, it became known that the TRON Foundation had acquired the company behind the torrent protocol, BitTorrent Inc. Now the blockchain company has announced more details on how the technologies will find each other.
Project Atlas Makes BitTorrent the news spy
With Project Atlas, TRON aims to connect BitTorrent’s peer-to-peer network to its own scam. This will be done with protocol extensions and its own token. TRON wants to create a token economy within the news spy client that will make data transfer significantly faster:
„Project Atlas is the basis for a new kind of content distribution. The product will offer faster downloads, more seeds, backward compatibility and all that without mining. It is adapted to today’s world: mobile, connected and transparent. Ultimately, we want to give all content creators and their communities more power by eliminating middlemen and enabling authors to „distribute“ directly to users, said TRON founder Justin Sun.
Keeping Seeders at the Bitcoin secret
Once the TRON blockchain has been implemented in the torrent system, peers should be able to exchange Bitcoin secret with each other. The reason for this is that there is no Bitcoin secret for torrent users to seed data sets, i.e. to upload them completely in the network over a longer period of time. With TRON, uploaders should be able to earn tokens by seeding. Those who provide more bandwidth and storage space will earn more. Leechers, i.e. downloaders, should be able to offer amounts if they want to receive a certain file faster. The whole network should become faster and more durable.
The Tron tokens (TRX) do not work with the proof-of-work mechanism, which means that nobody has to do crypto currency mining when implementing torrents. Instead, TRX works with the delegated proof-of-stake mechanism. Here, a system of witnesses and delegates provides reliable validation of each block.
No need to make the switch
If the blockchain complements the Bittorrent network, there should be no user compulsion. According to TRON, nobody has to participate in the token economy. The technology is backward compatible, which means that file sharers don’t have to change clients or install extensions to continue leaching and seeding. The plan is to implement the new technology first in desktop applications and later in mobile apps. Just like BitTorrent, Project Atlas should be open source, so that third party vendors can integrate the system into their clients.
TRON’s Project Atlas and the introduction of tokens into the BitTorrent network continue to provide material for discussion. If Leecher Seeder pays for faster data transfers, this could lead to an imbalance in which the current free data exchange gradually dies. On the other hand, by creating monetary incentives, the peer-to-peer network could actually grow and much more data could become available than before. We will know more when the first torrent client with TRON extension appears.