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A method and apparatus for implementing a Multipoint Infrastructure Transport (MINT) protocol in a data network. The present invention includes a method for distributing data in a data network. The data network connects a plurality of nodes and at least a portion of the plurality of the nodes form a multicast group. One of the nodes in the multicast group is designated as a rendezvous node. The method includes a step of maintaining a data store containing a group state at each of the nodes in the multicast group. State updates, received at the rendezvous node are used to update the group state in the data store at the rendezvous node. The state updates are propagated, using a reliable protocol, from the rendezvous node to the other nodes in the multicast group. Finally, the group states in the data stores at the other nodes in the multicast group are updated.

Title
System for multipoint infrastructure transport in a computer network
Application Number
9/412815
Publication Number
6850987 (B1)
Application Date
October 5, 1999
Publication Date
February 1, 2005
Inventor
Andrew Swan
Berkeley
CA, US
Steven McCanne
Berkeley
CA, US
Agent
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
Assignee
Fastforward Networks
CA, US
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