Online movie streaming could soon be faster and less jumpy thanks to a neat new technique for making data "swarm" in an orderly fashion between thousands of computers, instead of downloading in a single chunk.
16 December 2004 NewScientist.com news service by Will Knight Software algorithms that will let users stream video and audio data more rapidly were released as a software development kit on Monday by US company Onion Networks. These can be added to any other application for a licence fee. The company also plans to release a free browser plug-in that will automatically invoke the software when downloading files. The Swarmcast algorithms split data into chunks that can be downloaded both from the central source, or from other users who have them, or from other users in the process of downloading....
The only easy day was yesterday.
...some do, some don't; some will, some won't (WR)