Benefits of multicasting applications within the United States Marine Corps
Flournoy, Mark A.
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This thesis investigates the efficiency of multicasting, a relatively new network technology that allows low bandwidth delivery of real-time and archived information. Bandwidth efficiency is derived from relieving the transmission source from the current burden of transporting and replication of a unique data stream for each individual recipient. Voice, video, and data are carried in a single transmission on any transport medium to any number of preselected users or group of users. It will allow commanders a synchornized, real-time logistics and intelligence information capability for making critical force employment decisions. In addition, multicasting's open standard architecture allows it to run over almost all of DoD's existing communication infrastructure. Research concentrates on the specific technologies and supporting equipment necessary to provide effective delivery of real-time or on-demand multimedia without major costs to the user and in compliance with the Defense Information Infrastructure/Common Operating Envioronment (DII/COE). While technical specifics are discussed, this paper focuses on the characteristics of multicasting that can increase the Marine Corps' combat and administrative effectiveness. With the increasing need to save time and money, multicasting offers a substantial advantage over currently used technologies.
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