Multicasting implies taking a single data packet and sending it to a group of destinations simultaneously. This behavior is a many-to-many transmission, as opposed to other types of communication such as unicast, broadcast, or anycast.
Senders in unicast transmissions must know the addresses of all of the receivers. When using multicast, traffic can be sent to the multicast address, without the need to know specific address information for the receivers. In addition, the router processing of packets is dramatically reduced in multicast environments. The main goals of using multicasting are as follows:
- Reduce processing on the . . .
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