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Computer and Communication Networks, Second Edition by Nader F. Mir

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Chapter 6. Multicast Routing and Protocols

The capability of multicasting traffic has become a fundamental factor in the design of computer communications. Multicasting is the transmission of data from one source to a group of destinations. Data networks must be able to support multimedia applications by multicasting data, voice, and video. Multicasting has led to the development of such applications as teleconferencing, multipoint data dissemination, educational distance learning, and Internet TV. In such applications, audio and video streaming technologies are needed to implement multicasting, owing to the real-time component of multimedia applications. In this chapter, we focus on several advanced multicast protocols used in the Internet. ...

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