VidTorrentLive is a minimal live CD that turns a PC into a VidTorrent node.
Version: 20060516VidTorrent is a protocol for global scale cooperative real-time streaming over the Internet. At a high level, VidTorrent is a peer-to-peer protocol that builds an adaptive overlay mesh suitable for real-time streaming.
Operating System: Linux
The protocol works by aggressively probing for bandwidth and minimizing latency. On the same time, the protocol continuously monitors and dynamically adapts the mesh to match the underlaying network topology and node capabilities.
VidTorrent is more than just a protocol from an end user's perspective. VidTorrentLive provides application infrastructre for fostering communities around real-time media, similar to what BitTorrent? does for the file sharing community and Skype for internet telephony users all over the world.
In one such application, XPat-TV, we are experimenting with forming social groups within expatriate communities. These groups are created by VidTorrent co-casters, sharing live TV broadcasts from their home country.