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Re: Multicast Traffic on Backbones

  • From: Tim Winders
  • Date: Sun Jun 10 09:23:16 2001

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> Unicast streaming may be less efficient, but most providers can figure
> out how to charge for it and make it a supported product.  Unfortunately
> some folks have confused multimedia with multicast.  While I've seen
> many multimedia multicast applications, I haven't seen one which can't
> have its essential elements replicated by unicast streams.  Is there
> a killer-ap for multicast?

Multicast is an extension to Unicast.  I don't think there is a multicast
application that cannot be run over unicast protocols as well.  Our
application for multicast will be:

	live broadcast of academic and technical classes
	live broadcast of sporting events
	live broadcast of campus television station
	live broadcast of campus radio station
	video conferencing across multiple locations

All these things CAN be done using unicast, but multicast is much more
efficient.

=== Tim

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        Tim Winders, MCSE, CNE, CCNA
        Associate Dean of Information Technology
        South Plains College
        Levelland, TX  79336

        Phone:	806-894-9611 x 2369
        FAX:	806-894-1549
        Email:	TWinders@SPC.cc.tx.us
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