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Internetworking Technologies Handbook, Fourth Edition by Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Chapter 51. Simple Multicast Routing Protocol

Objectives

  • Describe background information about SMRP.

  • Define the terms used in SMRP networking.

  • Describe the functional characteristics of SMRP, including management, transaction, and packet format.

Introduction

The Simple Multicast Routing Protocol (SMRP) is a transport layer protocol developed to route multimedia data streams over AppleTalk networks. It supports Apple Computer's QuickTime Conferencing (QTC) technology. SMRP provides connectionless, best-effort delivery of multicast datagrams and relies on underlying network layer protocols for services. In particular, SMRP facilitates the transmission of data from a single source to multiple destinations. This chapter focuses on the functional elements ...

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