EBU Hosts Conference on Implementation of New IP Multicast Techniques
Sep 29, 2014 9:41 AM, Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB
GENEVA�EBU has just finished hosting their Multicast Workshop. Two days were spent with participants working on ways to further the implementation of IP-multicast for Broadcast.
The conference began with an overview of the history of multicast: why the technique was developed, how it has been used over the years and what the reality for multicast services is today.
A new technique, known as AMT (Automatic Multicast Tunneling) allows service providers to bridge the end-to-end multicast gap by providing a solution to deliver multicast traffic across a non-multicast enabled network. It does this by working over a typical unicast network, setting up tunneling between AMT Relays and AMT Gateways, using UDP (User Datagram Protocol) encapsulation. This enables service providers and their customers to participate in delivering multicast traffic even in the absence of end-to-end multicast connectivity.
Participants also had the opportunity to get a ''hands-on'' detailed explanation on how to implement an AMT client into their own applications, using an Open Sourced AMT client software and prototype implementations, reports EBU news.