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An End-to-End Reliable Multicast Protocol Using Polling for Scaleability

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul EzhilchelvanORCiD



Reliable sender-based one-to-many protocols do not scale well due mainly to implosion caused by excessive rate of feedback packets arriving from receivers. We show that this problem can be circumvented by making the sender poll the receivers at carefully planned timing instants, so that the arrival rate of feedback packets is not large enough to cause implosion. We describe a generic end-to-end protocol which incorporates this polling mechanism together with error and flow control mechanisms, and an architecture that implements it. We analyse the behaviour of our protocol using simulations which indicate that our scheme can be effective in minimising losses due to implosion. Thus the protocol has all the advantages of sender-based schemes while being scaleable.

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Author(s): Barcellos AMP, Ezhilchelvan PD

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Department of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 1997

Pages: 25

Print publication date: 01/01/1997

Source Publication Date: 1997

Report Number: 609

Institution: Department of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne