[rfc-dist] RFC 5058 on Explicit Multicast (Xcast) Concepts and Options

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        RFC 5058

        Title:      Explicit Multicast (Xcast) Concepts and 
                    Options 
        Author:     R. Boivie, N. Feldman,
                    Y. Imai, W. Livens,
                    D. Ooms
        Status:     Experimental
        Date:       November 2007
        Mailbox:    rhboivie at us.ibm.com, 
                    nkfeldman at yahoo.com, 
                    ug at xcast.jp,  wim at livens.net, 
                    dirk at onesparrow.com
        Pages:      35
        Characters: 80072
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ooms-xcast-basic-spec-13.txt

        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc5058.txt

While traditional IP multicast schemes (RFC 1112) are scalable for very
large multicast groups, they have scalability issues with a very
large number of distinct multicast groups.  This document describes
Xcast (Explicit Multi-unicast), a new multicast scheme with
complementary scaling properties: Xcast supports a very large number
of small multicast sessions.  Xcast achieves this by explicitly
encoding the list of destinations in the data packets, instead of
using a multicast group address.

This document discusses Xcast concepts and options in several areas;
it does not provide a complete technical specification.  This memo defines 
an Experimental Protocol for the Internet community.


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