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StarBurst Software is pleased to offer this page of links to multicast resources that are available on the Internet. If you have any links you wish to add to this list, or if the status of a listed link changes, please send e-mail to: Contents

* An Introduction to IP Multicast
* Multicast Textbooks
* Multicast Routing
* Vendor Information/Links
* The Multicast Backbone - The MBONE
* Internet Engineering Task Force Documents
* IP Multicast Initiative
* Multicast Research
* Other Multicast Resources

An Introduction to IP Multicast
* IP Multicast: Making It Happen - Data Communications article describing IP multicast and how it can easily be implemented.
* A Background to IP Multicast - IPMI document providing a general background to the benefits, use, and implementation of IP multicast.
* How IP Multicast Works - IPMI document providing a technical overview of IP Multicast concepts, addressing, group management and approaches to routing.
* IP Multicasting: Diving Through the Layers - Network Computing workshop describing what IP Multicast is, and why you should care, and how it works.
* RFC 1112 - "Host Extensions for IP Multicasting" - This RFC is the recommended standard for IP multicasting in the Internet.
Multicast Textbooks
* Multicast Networking and Applications by C. Kenneth Miller
* Deploying IP Multicast in the Enterprise by Thomas A. Maufer
* IP Multicasting: Concepts and Applications by Marcus Goncalves, Kitty Niles
* IP Multicasting: The Complete G
uide to Interactive Corporate Networks
by David R. Kosiur * Multicasting on the Internet and its Applications by Sanjoy Paul

Multicast Routing
* Introduction to IP Multicast Routing - 3Com paper exploring a number of different algorithms that may potentially be employed by multicast routing protocols and how these algorithms are implemented in multicast routing protocols available today.
* Multicast Routing - Cisco white paper.
* The IGMP Page - Web site dedicated to the Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP).
* DVMRP Specification - Provides links to latest IETF drafts specifying Distance Vector Multicast Routing Protocol (DVMRP).
* NIST Introduction to IP Multicast Transmissions, Addressing, and Routing - National Institute of Standards and Technology Document
* NIST Introduction to PIM. - National Institute of Standards and Technology Introduction to Protocol Independent multicast algorithms.
Vendor Information/Links Nortel Networks
* Exploiting Internetwork Multicast Services - Bay Networks Report
* Bay Networks Technical Publication Library - Provides Bay Networks documentation links to DVMRP/IGMP configuration.
* CGMP: Enabling IP Multicasting in Layer 2 Switching Environment - Comprehensive Cisco document includes multicast primer. * IP Multicast Streamlines Delivery of Multicast Applications - Cisco white paper describing networked multimedia and multicast routing. * Configure IP Multicast Routing in Version 11.2F - Provides complete description of enabling multicast IP in Cisco IOS. Digital

* IP Multicast Protocols and Applications - White paper describing the need for IP multicast, IP multicast protocols, and Digital's implementation of multicast. * Internet Protocol Multicasting - Section 4.6.4 of Digital UNIX Network Programmer's Guide. Hewlett-Packard
* Multicast OS Patch - Provides multicast support patches for various HP-UX revisions.

* Webcasting in Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 White Paper - Comprehensive document describing Microsoft's implementation of webcasting/multicasting using IE4.

StarBurst Software
* StarBurst Multicast File Transfer Protocol (MFTP) Specification - The Multicast File Transfer Protocol (MFTP) is a protocol that operates above UDP in the application layer to provide a reliable means for transferring files from a sender to up to thousands (potentially millions with network "aggregators" or relays) of multiple receivers simultaneously over a multicast group in a multicast IP enabled network.
* All About...Multicast Wide Area Network Services - Broadcast and multicast (a subset of broadcast) transport services have been available in local area networks (LANs) since their inception, due to the inherent broadcast nature of the network topology. Wide area networks, however, do not have an inherent broadcast topology, and are only just recently offering multicast services. This document is intended to provide you with the basic information you need to understand wide area multicast network transport services, and how they can benefit you.

Sun Microsystems
* Multicast OS Patch - Multicast support patch for SunOS 4.1x and later
The MBONE--the IP Multicast Backbone on the Internet

* The MBONE Web Site - Site providing complete information about the MBONE. * The MBONE FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about the MBONE * The Internet Multicast Backbone: Overview - Provides an overview of the current state of the multicast and MBone world. * MBONE: Multicasting Tomorrow's Internet - A book about the multicasting backbone and the future of multimedia on the Internet. Internet Engineering Task Force Documents IETF RFCs * RFC 2149 - Multicast Server Architectures for MARS-based ATM multicasting * RFC 2117 - Protocol Independent Multicast-Sparse Mode (PIM-SM): Protocol Specification * RFC 2102 - Multicast Support for Nimrod: Requirements and Solution Approaches * RFC 2090 - TFTP Multicast Option * RFC 2022 - Support for Multicast over UNI 3.0/3.1 based ATM Networks * RFC 1949 - Scalable Multicast Key Distribution * RFC 1768 - Host Group Extensions for CLNP Multicasting * RFC 1584 - Multicast Extensions to OSPF. * RFC 1469 - IP Multicast over Token-Ring Local Area Networks * RFC 1458 - Requirements for Multicast Protocols * RFC 1301 - Multicast Transport Protocol * RFC 1112 - Host extensions for IP multicasting * RFC 1075 - Distance Vector Multicast Routing Protocol

IETF Drafts

* Network News Distribution Protocol: Architecture and Design Guidelines * Multicast Address Alloctation Protocol (AAP) * RADIUS Extension for Multicast Router Authentication * Multipath Issues in Unicast and Multicast * A Simulation Model for IP Multicast with RSVP * RSRR: A Routing Interface For RSVP * IPv6 over Point-to-Point ATM Link * Transmission of IPv6 over IPv4 Domains without Explicit Tunnels * Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) for IPv6 * IP Multicast Applications: Challenges and Solutions * The Multicast Attribute Framing Protocol * PGM Reliable Transport Protocol Specification * AMRoute: Adhoc Multicast Routing Protocol * Multicast Label Binding and Distribution using PIM * Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP) * Internet Group Management Protocol MIB * A Protocol for the Transmission of Net News Articles over IP Multicast * Core Based Trees (CBT version 2) Multicast Routing -- Protocol Specification -- * Core Based Trees (CBT) Multicast Routing Architecture * Protocol Independent Multicast-Sparse Mode (PIM-SM): Protocol Specification * Multicast Debugging Handbook * End-to-end QoS provisioning mechanism for Differentiated Services * Wide Area Network Service Location * SOCKS V5 UDP and Multicast Extensions to Facilitate Multicast Firewall Traversal * StarBurst Multicast File Transfer Protocol (MFTP) Specification * IGMP Multicast Router Discovery

IP Multicast Initiative

* IP Multicast Initiative (IPMI) Web Site - Organization chartered to speed the migration to native IP multicast by providing a set of marketing and educational services which promote the creation, use, and deployment of standards-based IETF IP multicast products and solutions. * IP Multicast Mailing List - A forum to share information about IP multicast technologies and products.

Multicast Research

* "Multicast Protocols" - Provides links to sites related to: IETF working groups, routing, transport, reliability, and session control. * "Overview of Reliable Multicast Protocols" - Table summarizing some reliable multicast protocols. * Multicast Transport Protocols - Provides a quick literature survey of multicast transport and related protocols, with links to any online documents that are available * "Reliable Multicast Protocols" - List and comparison of transport-layer reliable multicast protocols. * "Reliable Multicast Links" - Continually growing list of reliable multicast and fault-tolerant project/paper/page/etc references.

Other Multicast Resources
* Multicast Extensions to Windows Sockets for WIN32 - The multicast extensions to Windows Sockets for Win32 let an application send and receive Internet Protocol multicast datagrams. * Assigned Multicast Addresses - "Class D" address that range from through * Federal Multicast Special Interest Group - Special Interest Group dedicated to multicast technology and organized under the auspices of IEEE Computer Division, Washington D.C. Chapter.
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