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NorthStar Planner Multicast Overview

The Multicast chapter describes how to use the Multicast feature of NorthStar Planner. Internet Protocol (IP) multicast is a bandwidth-conserving technology that allows a single stream of data to be simultaneously delivered to multiple recipients, resulting in tremendous savings on server resources and efficient use of network bandwidth.

Using the Multicast feature will provide a good picture of how the network will perform under different scenarios of multicasting as well as highlight potential problems when running multicast in the network. Since multicast offers enhanced efficiency and optimized performance, it is often used in financial applications, streaming multimedia, enterprise resource applications, and any one-to-many data push applications.

Prior to beginning this task, you should have started up NorthStar Planner and opened a specification file.