With Project Maelstrom, BitTorrent Wants to Create a P2P Browser

After venturing into the segment chats with Bleep to BitTorrent Inc. decided to invest in a browser Internet. Baptized as Project Maelstrom (is not yet clear whether this will be the final name), the news follows the basic feature of the organization’s products: is based on a peer-to-peer architecture (P2P).

The Maelstrom should do everything a conventional browser does: render pages, view images, play videos (at least via HMTL5), allow multiple tabs and so on. If so, where the P2P mode fits?
The idea is to make web browsing is as decentralized as possible, ie not rely solely on servers. As you visit certain websites, these pages will be stored by Maelstrom and shared with other users browser.
If, for example, you are visiting a page full of photos, computers Maelstrom who have been there before can send snippets of images for your machine. Meanwhile, its share device files of certain sites that you recently visited.
As you can see, this is an operating mode that resembles the BitTorrent indeed. The advantage is that pages can be loaded more quickly on your computer. In addition, access to sites that are momentarily out of the air will be possible. Pages maintained only via P2P may also be viable.
There is an even greater benefit, according to BitTorrent Inc.: a provider has to block a particular site, you can not do it because the distributed architecture prevents (or at least difficult) to identify the source of traffic. Thus, the Maelstrom should prove especially useful in countries that practice censorship on the Internet.
The proposal, though surprising, it is nonetheless interesting. However, the developers themselves acknowledge that make the browser work the presented form is a difficult task to fulfill: it is necessary to analyze the impact of this type in data consumption and how to handle DNS requests, just for starters.
It is for this reason that at this early stage, the project is available as “alpha” only to a limited group of employees. But if you are curious and willing to help in testing, you can register on this page and hope for an invitation. The first will be released in early 2015.
 
 

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