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Tarek Khojah
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I'm not sure if this belongs here since it's not really a Java specific question, but it's about network programming in general.

Why are some faster than other? I doubt that all file transfers go through the server (in other words, no middle man).

In that case, then isn't TCP pretty much the standard for file transfer? Why are some file-sharing services MUCH faster than others?
 
Nicholas Jordan
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There is a lot of stacking that goes on beyond where you would normally think of as the network, as in The Network. Java is networking so your question is not really out of sight, it would be a shame to obliterate such questions from the domain of the newly newbie java jamboree. If you want to seriously attack the question, see:
"IPV6 Theory, Protocol, and Practice"
Paperback, 536 pages, publication date: DEC-2003
ISBN-13: 978-1-55860-810-8
ISBN-10: 1-55860-810-9
Imprint: MORGAN KAUFFMAN

Really worth it for the question you ask.
 
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