[Icecast] load constraints
danstowell at gmail.com
Sat May 21 02:04:58 PDT 2005
On 21/05/05, Daniel Ballenger <lpmusix at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 5/20/05, Dan Stowell <danstowell at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi Iain,
> > It's a simple answer:
> > > For example, if a box on a 128kbps upload connection is
> > > serving a 64Kbps stream (and not audio-on-demand) - is it limited to two
> > > connections
> > Yes it is.
> > > or is icecast somehow more efficient?
> > No - icecast can't work miracles! The underlying technology of the
> > internet (the way it is at present, at least) only allows a packet of
> > information to be sent to one computer, so icecast needs to replicate
> > each chunk of data for every client it wants to broadcast to.
> What about multicast routing? Doesn't this achieve that? Just curious :)
Yes, it does, but (and correct me here, please...) I thought there was
a reason that multicast was not achievable - I thought that many of
the routers that make up today's internet didn't support it?
The original TCP/IP protocols didn't include the concept of multicast.
The concept of multicast was added later, and my understanding is
that's why you can't multicast over the general internet - because not
all of the internet supports it.
This article covers the topic nicely:
I've no idea what the current state of play is wrt multicast support,
and I don't know what the implications would be for icecast... perhaps
someone more knowledgeable will be able to fill in the gaps!
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