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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Reached 10 Million Peers

Today, The Pirate Bay reached another milestone, as they broke the 1 million torrents and 10 million peers barrier. The largest BitTorrent tracker just keeps growing and growing, and there is no sign that this will be put to a halt soon.

Last month we reported that The Pirate Bay had doubled the number of torrents and peers on their tracker in 2007. Brokep, one of the co-founders of the popular BitTorrent tracker told us at the time that he expected the tracker to hit 10 million peers during the next big holiday.

It turns out that they didn’t even need a holiday, because the number of peers jumped from 8 million to 10 million in little over a month. The Bay now now tracks over a million torrents and 10 million peers at any given point in time.

Brokep told TorrentFreak that the statistics reported on the frontpage may fluctuate a bit because one of the trackers is too loaded to report its share. However, he assured us that The Pirate Bay indeed tracks over 10 million peers, and more than a million torrents.

In order to keep up with the continuous growth, The Pirate Bay has been upgrading hardware over the past few months. In addition, they moved from Anakata’s Hypercube to the open source Opentracker software, to improve the performance of their trackers.

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