New Site Launched to Enable Peer-to-Peer Bioscience Data Sharing
Apr. 21, 2010
Jonathan Eisen and his team at the University of California, Davis Genome Center have developed a new website, www.biotorrents.net, that allows rapid file sharing of large sets of scientific data. Using BitTorrent’s peer-to-peer technology, the site shares bandwidth across institutions and splits data sets into smaller pieces, making it possible for multiple users to transfer and search large files quickly. Funding from a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grant to UC Davis helped support the BioTorrents project, which is featured in the April 14 issue of PLoS ONE.