Multicast over TCP/IP HOWTO

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This HOWTO tries to cover most aspects related to multicast over TCP/IP networks. So, a lot of information within it is not Linux-specific (just in case you don’t use GNU/Linux… yet). Multicast is currently an active area of research and, at the time of writing, many of the « standards » are merely drafts. Keep it in mind while reading the lines that follow.

1. Introduction.

  • 1.1 What is Multicast.
  • 1.2 The problem with Unicast.

2. Multicast Explained.

3. Kernel requirements and configuration.

4. The MBone.

5. Multicast applications.

6. Multicast programming.

7. The internals.

  • 7.1 IGMP.
  • 7.2 Kernel corner.

8. Routing Policies and Forwarding Techniques.

9. Multicast Transport Protocols.

10. References.

  • 10.1 RFCs.
  • 10.2 Internet Drafts.
  • 10.3 Web pages.
  • 10.4 Books.

11. Copyright and Disclaimer.

12. Acknowledgements.

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