On Multi-stream Multi-source Multicast Routing
Multicasting is an efficient way to deliver multimedia content (streaming, for instance) to different locations in the network. While end-to-end real-time constraints are important for interactive applications, sustained availability of bandwidth is more important to the destinations for multimedia streaming. In this paper, the authors address the problem of Multi-stream Multisource Multicast Routing Problem (MMMRP) where each data stream could have multiple sources that will serve it and each source can serve multiple data streams in a sustained manner. The goal of MMMRP is to construct a routing forest for each of the data streams and the destinations while maximizing the residual bandwidth.