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Re: Multicast Traffic on Backbones

  • From: Thomas R. Charron
  • Date: Thu Jun 14 22:26:29 2001

Title: Re: Multicast Traffic on Backbones

>Essentially every major network operator has one network engineer
>who can set up multicast for customers.  The problem is very few
>networks have figured out how to turn multicast into a commercial
>product. So if you don't find that one engineer, you are out of
>luck.

>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?

A South Korean company has developed an app that sets up multicast on a network automatically.  No router config required.  It does it with a small active-x that installs on a user's machine and gives a server on the ntwk all the info it needs to route the multicast stream.  Pretty cool stuff.  I'd call it a killer-ap for multicasting.

Tom




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