Peer-to-peer streaming

Brian Beardall brian at
Tue Jan 10 07:46:01 MST 2006

On Tue, 2006-01-10 at 08:35 -0600, Michael Halcrow wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 09, 2006 at 04:34:11PM -0700, Michael L Torrie wrote:
> > Months ago there was discussion about peer-to-peer streaming.  I
> > know Michael Halcrow and others were participating in this
> > discussion.
> After having spent some time reading research papers in a
> graduate-level networking protocols class, I am absolutely convinced
> that multicast routing is the best answer to the problem that P2P
> streaming is attempting to solve. We would do better to focus on
> overlay networks that implement such features than on these myriad
> random one-off projects that really constitute a technologically
> inferior solution (a "hack" or a "kludge").
> For some examples of what you can do with multicast technology, read
> these:
> That last paper has been superseded by another scheme that operates
> more on an subtree-exclusionary basis; I'll have to see if I can't dig
> up the paper for that. And if you're wondering just how it can be
> feasible to deploy such sweeping changes on non-overlay networks:
> Mike

IPv6 solves those issues by requiring routers to support multicast
routing.  One reason to move away from ipv4.

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