[icecast] UDP Vs. TCP

Steve Meuse swave at mara.org
Thu Feb 20 19:25:00 UTC 2003

Shaun Mcmanus expunged (smcmanus at twcsd.com):

> >Multicasting would be more interesting, but firewalls would again
> >be an issue.
> >Mark
> Multicasting would be more interesting but not feasible for the project. The
> design has to be able to feed multiply end points while those end points can
> change sources at will as well as generate their own stream. Some of the
> broadcasts will be timed (on-air slots) say Friday night 1900-2200.

That and the lack of Multicast deployement on most backbones/regional networks.

The other issue is that UDP tends to be a dumb protocol, especially when
dealing with network congestion. It doesn't deal, where TCP has some back-off
mechanisms. Of course, where you are streaming something, that may be more
detrimental depending on the b/w of the stream.


Progress (n.):  The process through which the Internet has evolved from smart
people in front of dumb terminals to dumb people in front of smart terminals.
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