DIMACS Workshop on Multicasting: Architectures, Algorithms and Applications

May 2 - 4, 2001
DIMACS Center, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

Micah Adler, University of Massachusetts, micah@cs.umass.edu
D. Frank Hsu, Fordham University, hsu@trill.cis.fordham.edu
Presented under the auspices of the Special Year on Next Generation Networks Technologies and Applications.

Multicasting plays an important role in the design, development, operation, and application of next generation networks that rely on the efficient delivery of packets to multiple destinations across a multifaceted and multi-domain network. Due to the advent of broadband, wireless and web-based system design technologies, it has become possible and feasible to design and construct large scale, heterogeneous and complex wireline and wireless communication networks that can support multimedia conferencing, streaming media distribution, distributed data sharing, distance learning, "push" oriented application, and QoS for wired-cable and wired-wireless applications. However, these technology advancements and applications and the convergence of computing, telecommunications and information also open up many challenging problems and issues for both the theory community and practitioners.

The purpose of the Workshop is to bring together many of the best researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the recent evolution in the subject area, to interact on emerging issues of common interest, and to set direction and possible standard for future research of and implementation on multicasting networks and their infrastructures.

This Workshop will cover the following topics.

(a) IP Multicasting; concept, motivation, standardization, "Host Group" model, scoping and forwarding, IGMP for end stations.

(b) Multicast routing protocols and algorithms; RPM, source-based trees (DVM RP, PIM- dense mode, MOSPF), shared trees (Core-Based Trees(CBT), PIM-sparse mode), Internet multicast routing (Mbone vs. M-GBP or BGMP/GUM?), fast algorithms to compute the multicast tree.

(c) Multicast transport protocols, RMP and RAMP, interoperability frameworks, expanding-ring searches.

(d) Multicast Congestion Control; layering scheme such as RLM, multicast at the router and/or switch level.

(e) Topology inference and network monitoring using multicasting.

(f) Multicast in wireless systems, mobile computing, ad hoc networks.

(g) Case Studies and other issues; implementation cases, multicast in the enterprise, fairness in multicasting, pricing of multicasting.

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