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IP Multicasting with Cdrom
     

IP Multicasting with Cdrom

by Marcus Goncalves, Kitty Niles (Joint Author)
 
The most complete, hands-on guide to the new IP multicast standard.
This absolutely essential book tells you everything you need to know
about the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) IP Multicasting
standards. Inside, you'll get an in-depth description of the relevant
standards and protocols, the major players, their products (and how to

Overview

The most complete, hands-on guide to the new IP multicast standard.
This absolutely essential book tells you everything you need to know
about the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) IP Multicasting
standards. Inside, you'll get an in-depth description of the relevant
standards and protocols, the major players, their products (and how to
implement them), as well as the issues and challenges facing IP
multicasting today. IP muticasting is an emerging technology that
gives you considerable cost and bandwidth savings--as it paves the way
for the broadcasting of voice, video, and data over the Internet and
corporate Intranets, without depleting network resources, IP
Multicasting: Concepts and Applications goes far beyond an overview of
what this technology is. It explains how it works inside real
networks, reviews all the major products available today, and tells
you what to look for when purchasing and upgrading network equipment
and software. What's more, this all-in-one reference covers what the
ISPs, suppliers, and developers are proposing in the IP multicasting
arena. And on the CD-ROM that comes with the book, you'll get plenty
of evaluations, demos, and additional documentation. Ideal for systems
manages, network administrators, systems integrators, Internet
managers, and even Chief Information Officers implementing or planning
to implement IP multicasting, IP Multicasting: Concepts and
Applications: provides the technical foundation for understanding IP
and broadcasting over IP networks; explains how IP multicasting works
in a variety of environments, including frame relay, Layer 3 Switched,
and satellite networks; includes a complete resource directory, giving
you one-stop access to reliable standards-based information, plus a
comprehensive list of acronyms and a glossary.

Editorial Reviews

Jack Woehr

IP Multicasting, by Marcus Goncalves and Kitty Niles, is an overview of the breathtaking complexity of broadcasting content over the Internet Protocol to specific groups of clients at once. It is a textually adequate, or more than adequate, summary, managing to round all the bases before heading home, but the CD-ROM content is of dubious value.

IP Multicasting is a high-time-value book. The authors are dealing with the here-and-now, and thus have snapshotted an ugly duckling, since IPv4 doesn't inherently support the current trends in IP multicasting. Instead, intermediate standards and understandings in the industry allow this sort of traffic to find a route to your home web appliance. Things are going to be much better when either IPv6 or Quinn the Eskimo get here, but that's not this book's main concern. IP Multicasting is about the basic mechanics and present practices that must be grasped by those who want to multicast over the Internet today.

So the authors' bent is practical and tactical, with hacks and intermediate support techniques aplenty. They range far afield in a breadth-first exposition, traversing the dimensions from minima such as bitmasks and packet checksums to maxima, evaluating major industry players such as carrier MCI and the support for IP multicasting on satellite-based networks.

All this breadth has to be paid for somewhere, so don't read this book, for example, solely for the awesomely inadequate introduction to ATM and other cloud protocols, try ATM: Foundation for Broadband Networks, by Uyless Black, instead. And if it's the quality-of-service issues concomitant with IP multicasting or class-of-service issues that are your main concern, you'll want to read Differentiated Services for the Internet, by Kalevi Kilkki.

In regards to the CD-ROM: For my money, the publisher could have lowered the price of the book and omitted the Wintel frisbee. All executables are Windows only, and none come with source. At least some white papers from various organizations on standards for various IP broadcast facilities (voice over IP, for instance) are in PDF form.

One item on the CD-ROM is EMULive Server, billed as an "award-winning [Is there any product that hasn't won some award? Where's the information content here?] full-featured audiovisual broadcast/collaboration server for WindowsNT, Windows98 and Windows95," sports a 30-minute demo license, thus establishing for our industry a new benchmark for corporate paranoia and stinginess. Who has time to install something that runs for 30 minutes? I don't, and didn't.

Another tool, Dr. Watson, The Network Detective's Assistant (no relation to Microsoft's Dr. Watson, nor, for that matter, Conan Doyle's), is quite clever and manages to render your Wintel PC almost as useful for debugging your network segment as if it were a Linux box. Perhaps the authors and editors should just have included Linux with the book.

Of all the things to be missing from the CD-ROM, the last you would expect is that the authors would have omitted the C source code they printed in the text as examples of multicasting programming. Yet it's not there. This glaring omission sort of suggests that I had the wrong take in the paragraph above about dropping the disc and lowering the price. The truth may be the opposite, that this book is partially subsidized by the demos. Stranger things have happened in computer publishing.

Aside from the arguable value of the CD-ROM content, IP Multicasting has high textual value for those needing to pursue IP multicasting right now. It's the quickest read to get your on your feet in IP multicasting that I have encountered so far.
Electronic Review of Computer Books

Booknews
Introduces the reader to IP multicast concepts and features, from the relevant standards and protocols to the major products. Also covers what the ISPs, suppliers, and developers are proposing in the IP multicasting arena, and explains how IP multicasting works in a variety of environments, including frame relay, Layer 3 Switched, and satellite networks. The CD-ROM contains evaluations, demos, and additional documentation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780079137913
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Pages:
606
Product dimensions:
7.39(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.71(d)

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