Accession Number:

ADA461677

Title:

A Protocol for Scalable Loop-Free Multicast Routing

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA UNIV SANTA CRUZ DEPT OF COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

In network multimedia applications, such as multiparty teleconferencing, users often need to send the same information to several but not necessarily all other users. To manage such one-to-many or many-to-many communications efficiently in wide-area internetworks, it is imperative to support and perform multicast routing. Multicast routing sends a single copy of a message from a source to multiple receivers over a communication link that is shared by the paths to the receivers. Loop-freedom is a specially important consideration in multicasting. Because applications using multicasting tend to be multimedia and bandwidth intensive, and loops in multicast routing duplicate looping packets. We present and verify a new multicast routing protocol, called Multicast Internet Protocol MIP, which offers a simple and flexible approach to constructing both group-shared and shortest-paths multicast trees. MIP can be sender-initiated or receiver-initiated or both therefore, it can be tailored to the particular nature of an applications group dynamics and size. MIP is independent of the underlying unicast routing algorithms used.

Subject Categories:

  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE