[Standards-JIG] the word "multicast" is not appropriate

Richard Dobson richard at dobson-i.net
Thu Jun 1 10:24:55 UTC 2006

> | Looking up the definition of multicast no where did it say that to be 
> | multicast it has to operate in a tree or mesh format, multicast at its 
> | simplest is simply the concept of sending one packet/message that then 
> | ends up getting delivered to multiple end points, it appears that it is 
> *efficiently* with the splits happening at the topologically best
> places.. this implies a tree or mesh or something.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multicast
>     Multicast is the delivery of information to a group of destinations simultaneously using the most efficient strategy to deliver the messages over each link of the network only once and only create copies when the links to the destinations split.
Yes but if you actually used google and typed in "define:Multicast" and 
looked at several definitions of multicast rather than a single source 
you will soon find that your definition of multicast is not the only 
one, the usage of the word multicast is all dependant on the context you 
are using it in, the context here is XMPP multicasting, not TCP/IP 
multicasting (and even then not all definitions of TCP/IP multicasting 
match yours), so please stop arguing that your definition of multicast 
is the only correct one as you are clearly incorrect in this assertion, 
continuing to try and make out that this is the case is just going to 
make you look like a fool, please let this be the end of this thread for 
your own sake.


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