[icecast] Configuring icecast for lowest buffering/latency

Michael Smith msmith at xiph.org
Tue Mar 23 16:07:29 PST 2004



On Wednesday 24 March 2004 11:00, Enrico Minack wrote:
> > ...HTTP is very inefficient compared to RTP.
>
> what exactly do you mean with 'efficient'? Used bandwidth or available
> features?

In terms of used bandwidth, RTP is the clear winner. In terms of features, 
neither is a clear winner: HTTP has features RTP doesn't have, RTP has 
features HTTP doesn't have.

>
> > There is no way in which RTP produces more overhead than HTTP
>
> why? basicly it takes the mp3-stream and puts timestamps and synch stuff
> around. isn't that overhead?
>

Yes, that's overhead. Do you know how TCP works? HTTP works on top of TCP. TCP 
has more overhead than UDP/RTP.

Mike

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