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ThePirateBay is testing opentracker!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

The famous Swedish Bittorrent-Site is currently working with us on testing our opentracker software for ThePirateBay! We are in the stage of tuning and feature adding. Our software is already running on four of the piratebay-trackers (,,, distributed with round-robin DNS over seven servers. Together they are handling nearly 17.000 hits/sec, serve [...]

new hardware is in service

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

we had a rough ride the last days. the new hardware had not enough power to serve all requests (sometimes more than 3000 conn/sec). thats a quarter billion requests per day! so we (ok, I!) decided to buy a new server with an intel NIC we know can handle the packetstorm. I made the error [...]

Server problems

Monday, October 1st, 2007

We have some serious problems with our server, the system kept crashing on us and as the server hosts some other services beside the tracker as well, we decided to shutdown the tracker partially to prevent those other services from suffering anymore until we get our own server. While the UDP part (udp:// is still [...]

This can only mean one Thing! Injection!

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Today, supergrobi explains how a connection to a tracker should NOT look like! You ever wondered why it seems that our tracker answers your announce requests with an RST packet thus destroying your connection? Think again! It is your ISP who tries to kill your connection without admitting it to save bandwidth for which you [...]

Bad swarm behavior

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

When using such young software as opentracker you have to find and squash bugs, this unfortunatly involves restarting the tracker and a somewhat short period of downtime. This not only creates an ICMP unreachable packet for every connection a client would have made to the tracker but also results in an effect called “bad swam [...]

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