Re: Protocols over Frame Relay [multicasting]

Steve Deering <> Sat, 17 November 1990 00:18 UTC

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Date: 16 Nov 1990 16:05-PST
From: Steve Deering <>
Subject: Re: Protocols over Frame Relay [multicasting]
To: Fred Baker <>
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In-Reply-To: Fred Baker's message of Fri, 16 Nov 90 092403 PST

> I don't disagree that Multicast makes life simpler in a lot of ways.  I
> think it can quickly change from an 'ease of use' issue to a traffic
> issue, though.

Done right, multicasting can *reduce* traffic, rather than increase it,
in particular when a multicast packet replaces a series of identical
unicasts to different destinations.

> ... And (unless one invokes IEEE 802.1) the algorithms for multicasting
> in a general network can be unfun.

Don't believe him!  :-)