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M-Connection Service: A Multicast Service for Distributed Multimedia Applications

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Publication date1996
Host publicationTeleservices and Multimedia Communications Second International COST 237 Workshop Copenhagen, Denmark, November 20–22 1995 Proceedings
EditorsDavid Hutchison, Henning Christiansen , Geoff Coulson, André Danthine
Place of publicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-61028-1
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


New high speed networks and the requirements of users for the support of interpersonal communication in a computerised heterogeneous environment demand for new communication services. These services have to provide support for multimedia group communication. In this paper we introduce a multicast transport service for multimedia group applications called M-Connection Service. It is a protocol independent service which provides an interface to different transport protocols. Apart from data transfer this service offers functions to establish, join, leave, change properties of and terminate multicast connections. Multicast connections are characterised by QoS and integrity conditions. We propose distinct QoS negotiation and group management schemes suitable for multicast multimedia communication. We describe the service elements of the M-Connection Service in detail. To demonstrate the feasibility of the service its service elements are mapped onto XTP 4.0 protocol mechanisms.