Submitted for publication.
This paper presents CONGRESS: a CONnection-oriented Group-address
RESolution Service. CONGRESS is an efficient native ATM protocol
for resolution and management of multicast group addresses in an ATM
WAN and complements the native ATM multicast mechanisms.
CONGRESS is not concerned with application data transmission, but
only resolves multicast group addresses for applications.
Applications can use the resolved addresses, in order to implement a
many-to-many communication model. CONGRESS employs
hierarchically organized servers in order to be scalable.
CONGRESS' hierarchy is naturally mapped onto the ATM Private Network
to Network Interface peer group hierarchy. CONGRESS
communication overhead for management of a single multicast group is
linear in the size of the group.
Last modified: Thu May 8 15:27:20 IDT 1997