verb (past and past participle multicast)[with object]
Send (data) across a computer network to several users at the same time.
- An arrangement for multicasting digital data to a user accessing an Internet connection is disclosed.
- As with quality of service, the number of providers involved makes multicasting a complex process, but one that is necessary for efficient use of bandwidth on a global information infrastructure.
- Plus, with multicasting, the networks could form their own mini-cable systems to compete with the industry.
A set of data sent across a computer network to many users at the same time.
- For only a very small part of the total bandwidth budget, a data cell could offer multicasts of everything you can currently find on cable TV.
- The presentation can be coordinated as a multicast to simultaneous users and as a unicast, for users who want to see the presentation after the fact.
- There is a middle ground between broadcasts and unicasts, and that is a multicast.
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