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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

BitTorrent Will Be Focus of 11/16 Talk at NJIT

The NJIT student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery has invited NJIT College of Computing Sciences Associate Dean Barry Cohen to speak on Nov. 16, 2011, about the Open Source file distribution technology BitTorrent. Cohen will take a closer look at this very popular 10-year-old upstart technology, which now accounts for a substantial share of all Internet traffic.

“BitTorrent organizes peer-to-peer cooperation on the Internet on a really huge scale, democratizing access to distributing big files of any kind,” says Cohen.

His talk will detail how a disruptive software technology is conceived and what drives the direction of its continuing development. Cohen will answer questions like how a technology can function at Internet scale, plus whether Open Source technology, such as BitTorrent, can be the basis of a successful business.

The talk, which is open to the public, will take place at 3 p.m. in Room 1100 of the Guttenberg Information Technologies Center (GITC) Building, which is located on the NJIT Campus at Central Avenue and Lock Street.  

Cohen’s research interests include computational biology, algorithm design and cryptography. He received his doctorate in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  Reservations for this event are recommended. Contact Serena Branson, 973-596-5646, for more information.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.