Members of the IP Multicast Initiative are planning a centre stage debut at the Networld+Interworld show in Las Vegas this May, when they come together to unveil their latest Webcasting products.
Employing the recently ratified Multicast File Transfer Protocol (MFTP) technology developed by network giant Cisco Systems and start-up Starbust Communications, the products will allow text, sound or video transmission through a single stream.
Multicast vendors claim that prolific use of traditional 'push technologies' will eventually outstrip the networks and clog up the Internet. Most push vendors, they claim, use unicasting techniques to send information out to desktops, which means they send information one copy at a time to one user at a time.
According to officials at Cisco and Starbust, multicasting feeds a single data stream to multiple users, conserving bandwidth and reducing stress on network servers.
New products will be on show from various members of the initiative including Starbust, Cisco, 3Com, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lucent, Microsoft, Novell and White Pine Software.
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