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Multicast Communication

Multicast Communication

Ralph Wittmann | Martina Zitterbart


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The Internet is quickly becoming the backbone for the worldwide information society of the future. Point-to-point communication dominates the network today, however, group communication--using multicast technology--will rapidly gain importance as digital, audio, and video transmission, push technology for the Web, and distribution of software updates to millions of end users become ubiquitous.

Multicast Communication: Protocols and Applications explains how and why multicast technology is the key to this transition. This book provides network engineers, designers, and administrators with the underlying concepts as well as a complete and detailed description of the protocols and algorithms that comprise multicast.
* Presents information on the entire range of multicast protocols, including, PIM-SM, MFTP, and PGM and explains their mechanisms, trade-offs, and solid approaches to their implementation
* Provides an in-depth examination of Quality of Service concepts, including: RSVP, ST2, IntServ, and DiffServ
* Discusses group address allocation and scoping
* Discusses multicast implementation in ATM networks
* Builds a solid understanding of the Mbone and surveys the successes and current limitations of real multicast applications on the Internet such as videoconferencing, whiteboards, and distance learning
"This is highly recommended reading for anyone who has been looking for a technically precise, yet easy to understand book on Multicast communication"
-Dr. Wolfgang Effelsberg, University of Mannheim, Germany