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is an attempt from the ETRO-TELE research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a Flemish university located in Brussels, Belgium. It has two campuses referred to as Etterbeek and Jette.The university's name is sometimes abbreviated by "VUB" or translated to "Free University of Brussels"...
to break the chicken and egg problem of multicast
In computer networking, multicast is the delivery of a message or information to a group of destination computers simultaneously in a single transmission from the source creating copies automatically in other network elements, such as routers, only when the topology of the network requires...
adoption on the internet
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Although multicast allows an internet user to receive rich media and other content without placing a high burden on the net, it is still virtually unavailable to normal internet users. The CastGate project tries to fix this by allowing end users to connect through an automatically configured tunnel network over networks which do not natively support multicast.
The idea behind this is that if more users have multicast capability, more content providers will see the benefit of streaming content over multicast.
If enough content providers and users are using this service, then more internet service providers
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will start to enable multicast natively to their customers.
CastGate supplies a software client for both Windows
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to connect to the CastGate tunnel network.
It also supplies tools to add tunnel servers and tools to receive SAP
Session Announcement Protocol is a protocol for broadcasting multicast session information.A SAP listening application can listen to the SAP multicast IP address and construct a guide of all advertised multicast sessions...
announcements from the multicast network with video and audio streams.