Bit Torrent DHT Network Search Engine
If you are looking for a specific digital content online, both public and copyrighted, peer-to-peer file sharing using a BitTorrent client quickly comes into the picture once the traditional search engines (Google, Yahoo) fail to deliver what you need.
In summary, the typical ways to find new digital contents include one of the following methods:
- Perform a keyword search on the traditional search engines to locate sites which may offer the desired contents,
- Visit a torrent index site and search for a particular term or keyword to get a list of hopefully new or available contents,
- Subscribe to a particular RSS feed from known sites when new contents are available,
- If you have the faintest idea of where to look for or what you really want for your needs, use a search feature known as "related content" or "related match" available from BitTorrent clients such as Vuze, BiglyBT.
The above approach more often than not yields unsatisfactory results or returns a long list of unrelated contents that do not match at all your interests and needs. The search result shows contents that are either unwanted or do not actually exist anymore. Even worse the search often misses out new contents that are readily available and perfectly match what you are looking for. Another security issue exists that by visiting a torrent index site, the identity of the user may be compromised or revealed without the user knowledge or permission. Or even worse, the computer used to access the index site may get infected with malware, unwanted ads, virus and can become unstable or unusable.
Almost all new contents in many languages and locales are available to acquire from two large BitTorrent networks: the mainline DHT (Distributed Hash Table) and the Vuze DHT network. The mainline DHT can have more than several hundred millions to billions of users worldwide at a time. The Vuze DHT network is a lot smaller but can also have millions of users at a time. Contents are mostly illegally distributed motion pictures, TV shows, pirated music tracks, cracked software applications and utilities, ripped adult movies from websites or recorded media, specialty genre such as Anime, copyrighted books and publication stored in files of compressed digital format, noteably files with the extension pdf and epub.
Most if not all modern BitTorrent clients can search or download for a specific torrent but cannot show the complete picture of what peers are currently trading on the entire network. This website is a documentary in progress to test customized BitTorrent protocol software tools designed to provide snapshots of trading activities of top peers appeared worldwide on both the mainline and Vuze DHT networks over an approximate six- to eight-week interval.
These snapshots are available in database files to enable further analysis by any relational database engine. By investigating the contents that are actively traded without downloading or uploading anything, one can have a very good idea of "what's new", "what's available", and "who is doing what" without having to deal with search engines, torrent sites, abusive feeds, potential legal issues, regional blockage to access, while being completely anonymous.