CRV Blues

Paul, Manoj mpaul at TRILLIUM.COM
Mon Jul 16 19:38:35 EDT 2001

Below is the paragraph excerpted from H.323 (  8.3.3. Media stream address distribution ).

In multicast, the multicast addresses are assigned by the MC and distributed to the endpoints in the communicationModeCommand. It is the responsibility of the MC to allocate and assign unique multicast addresses. The endpoint shall signal an openLogicalChannel to the MC with the assigned multicast address. The MC shall forward the openLogicalChannel to each receiving endpoint. In cases where media from multiple endpoints are transmitted on a single session (e.g. single multicast address), the MC shall open a logical channel to each endpoint receiving media from an endpoint in the conference.


"Forwarding of OLC" is a little ambiguous.

1. use the same LCN ?

2. what about OLC ack?
   for example, when there is a conference composed of a MCU and Terminal A, B, and C,
   only Terminal A speaks and B, C listens to A.

   then, MCU will broadcast communicationModeCommand
    that contains only one entry 
    without specifying destination and specifying the multicast address of Terminal A.

  then, Terminal A will send OLC to MCU.

  From this point on, I am not sure.
  Possible interpretations are..

 1. MC will forward the OLC  to Terminal B and C. And The Terminal B and C will send OLC Ack To MC.
   At the time of receving OLC Ack, what should MC do?
  forward the 2 OLC Ack pdus to Terminal A ? It seems not proper..

 2. MC will send the OLC Ack to Terminal A and send the OLC to Terminal B and C. and 
    then OLC Ack from the Terminal B and C will be ignored ? 

 3. MC will forward the OLC to Terminal B and C, and sends OLC Ack to Terminal A 
    only if both Termanl B and C reply to the OLC. 
    what if the new Terminal D joins the conference ?

 which is correct?

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