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Date: 2016-11-01 09:54:28
Original User: martin_vahi
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The Core Idea

The silktorrent packet is a tar-file that contains folders 



In software projects and HTML pages  the content of the folders payload and header can be referenced by using the tree encoding:

<tar-file name>/payload/<the file or folder relative to the folder payload>

<tar-file name>/header/<the file or folder relative to the folder header>

The <tar-file name> can be the name of a local folder or some folder at some publicly hosted web page. The include/require/src/uses statements of various programming languages and configurations files, including HTML, can be modified by changing the prefix of the <tar-file name>. That allows an HTML-page to be switched from using JavaScript libraries from one site to using the very same JavaScript libraries from another site.

http://www.first_site.com/<tar-file name>/payload/the_JavaScript_library.js

http://www.second_site.com/<tar-file name>/payload/the_JavaScript_library.js

Due to the possibility to use regular expressions, the proposed solution does not require code generation. It might be usable with many existing IDE-s without requiring any additional tools or plugins. The solution is also programming language agnostic.


The Core Idea has an assumption that backwards compatibility of libraries does not exist, even if advertised. Whenever a software component dependency is declared by stating that the version of the dependency is "newest" or "greater than X", a flaw is introduced. That is the reason, why Linux/BSD/etc. package collections are "unstable" and NEVER WILL BE "stable". For built/compiled software components each combination of build parameters, compiler, environment set-up is actually a separate version of the software component

Implementation Notes

Storage Allocation Policy

To make the Silktorrent network of package/packet hosting servers  more reliable, the package/packet hosting servers should use multiple storage allocation policies simultaneously. There is one allocation agent per policy. Each allocation agent has its own, fixed, size of storage space, disk space, which will be allocated to Silktorrent packets according to the policy that the agent implements. Some agent, bot, may sell paid subscriptions like the Dropbox and alike use. Some agent might run a mirroring service in favor of some public library or operating system packages repository. Some agent might store Silktorrent packets according to popularity. Some agent may offer personal storage service to the owner of the server. Some agent may service some Silktorrent based messaging service. Some agent might service Silktorrent based "web" (PDF-files, LibreOffice files, all-in-one-HTML-documents, etc.)

To avoid duplicate copies of the same Silktorrent packet at the same storage server, the agents of a single storage server may use a single "storage engine" that keeps track of the storage space quotas of the agents and physically deletes the Silktorrent packet only, if no agent on this sotorage server wants to store that Silktorrent packet.

Storage Size Requirements

The hashes within the Silktorrent packet names depend on the tar files, silktorrent packets. Hash of a tar-file depends on the file attributes, including the date-and-time attributes. That's why it is not possible to recreate a Silktorrent packet from unmodified content of an unpacked Silktorrent packet without some special hacking, meaning: copies of downloaded Silktorrent packets must not be deleted. To use the downloaded Silktorrent packets without un-tar-ing and waiting for the slow HDD operation to finish, an unmodified set of un-tar-red Silktorrent packets must be stored. Given the huge amount of Silktorrent packets, the packets must be distributed among a set of folders, because otherwise the file systems are slow to use. The recursive folder names may be derived from the first letters of Silktorrent packet names. The Silktorrent packet names were intentionally designed to contain equally distributed letters at the start of their packet names, because that allows database indices that index the Silktorrent packet names to probabilistically work faster.

Silktorrent packets, tar-files, that contain software/datacollection forks or newer versions of the software/datacollection, might consist of many bitstreams that match with the original version of the software/datacollection. Storage space for storing a collection of tar-files that contain relatively long, common, bitstreams, can be reduced by storing the common, relatively long, bitstreams only once. The search for  the common bitstream tokens can be greatly mitigated by explicitly telling, which Silktorrent packets, tar-files, are version wise or fork wise closely related. The arising knapsack problems might be solved by using specialized open source libraries.

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