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InfoWorld goes to open house at Microsoft’s research labs in Cambridge, England, labs and gets some background on “Avalanche” — the code na…

InfoWorld goes to open house at Microsoft’s research labs in Cambridge, England, labs and gets some background on “Avalanche” — the code name for the company’s P2P file-sharing technology designed to distribute large files like movies. (Just guessing that DRM will have a part to play.) The twist on BitTorrent and others, says Peter Key, joint head of the systems and networking group at the labs, is an emphasis on fixing the bottlenecks that crop up when users drop off. Avalanche encodies file pieces with special algorithms prior to distribution; each piece contains information about every other piece so the key can be reassembled without all the pieces. Lots of details …

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