Multimedia Transport Protocol and Multicast Communication

  • Serge Fdida


The emerging of high speed networks provides the infrastructure for handling a wide set of new applications, covering distributed multimedia cooperative features. In this framework, multipeer communication is a major service/protocol issue because most of these applications exhibit the need for such a functionality. Besides many functions and mechanisms, the semantics of transport layer multicast conversation has to be defined. We show that a new service semantic called statistical-reliable, in which the reliability is enforced when desired by applications, is of major interest for the high-performance networking paradigm. This new reliability semantic can be implemented using a protocol akin to the XTP bucket algorithm. The interest of the developed protocol is that 1) it can perform efficiently on top of wide area (for instance ATM-based) networks as well as LANs, 2) it provides a continuous reliability service from best-effort to all-reliable as a function of the application requirements, 3) it is able to handle group size from small to very large with only a slight increase of overhead, 4) it works for unicast communication. These functionalities provide an interesting and efficient protocol for covering the need of distributed multimedia applications.


Transport Layer Multicast Tree Transport Protocol Multicast Service Multicast Protocol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Serge Fdida
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  1. 1.Laboratoire MASI-CNRSUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance

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