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The Internet infrastructure often supports multiple routes between two communicating hosts and, today, especially mobile hosts usually offer multiple network interfaces, so that disjoint paths between the hosts can be constructed. Having a number of (partly or fully) disjoint paths available may allow applications to distribute their traffic, aggregate capacity of different paths, choose the most suitable subset of paths, and support failover if a path fails. Exploiting multipath characteristics has been explored for TCP, but the requirement for real-time traffic differs notably.
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