QoS-aware multicast routing protocol

Shigang Chen*, Klara Nahrstedt, Yuval Shavitt

*Corresponding author for this work

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The future Internet is expected to support multi-cast applications with quality of service (QoS) requirements. To facilitate this, QoS multicast routing protocols are pivotal in enabling new receivers to join a multicast group. However, current routing protocols are either too restrictive in their search for a feasible path between a new receiver and the multicast tree, or burden the network with excessive overhead. We propose QMRP, a new QoS-aware Multicast Routing Protocol. QMRP achieves scalability by significantly reducing the communication overhead of constructing a multicast tree, yet it retains a high chance of success. This is achieved by switching between single-path routing and multiple-path routing according to the current network conditions. The high level design of QMRP makes it operable on top of any unicast routing algorithm in both intra-domain and inter-domain. Its responsiveness is improved by using a termination mechanism which detects the failure as well as the success of routing without the use of timeout. In addition, QMRP always constructs loop-free multicast trees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1594-1603
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event19th Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies - IEEE INFOCOM2000: 'Reaching the Promised Land of Communications' - Tel Aviv, Isr
Duration: 26 Mar 200030 Mar 2000


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