Attempt at Record Bittorrent Swarm Size

A record attempt has been started invoving bittorrent, to see just how many seeds can be on one torrent. The current record for simultanious seeds on a torrent is around 124,000, set for an episode of Heroes. The attempt uses a small image file for the contents, and already has a decent number of seeds.

The record attempt was started just after midnight UK time, on July 1st (approx 1 hour ago, at time of writing) and hopes to reach it’s target within a week. Graham, who came up with the attempt, was curious as to just how big a swarm could get, as well as for the main reason of records – to have the person responsible immortalised, even if only briefly, and the initial advertisment was via the UK Pirate Party IRC channel.

[19:08.41] Anyone interested in a little brainchild of mine?
[19:09.16] http://jigsy.ath.cx/World_Record_For_Most_Seeds_[28A493EE].jpg.torrent
[19:09.19] Download, seed, that’s it
(Times in US Eastern).

The content can be downloaded from the above link, or by using this Magnet URI
magnet:?xt=urn:btih:HPKGEHD2RDJBLIWIXKJ42HWUSQBUDVTX&dn=World_Record_For_Most_Seeds_[28A493EE].jpg&tr=http://tracker.openbittorrent.com/announce
(requires utorrent or similar, will not work with Vuze – If you need some help using a magnet URI, then watch this video)
More mirrors are available here

I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going.


The image file in the torrent