RFC 3452 (rfc3452) - Page 1 of 16

Forward Error Correction (FEC) Building Block

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Network Working Group                                            M. Luby
Request for Comments: 3452                              Digital Fountain
Category: Experimental                                       L. Vicisano
                                                              J. Gemmell
                                                                L. Rizzo
                                                              Univ. Pisa
                                                              M. Handley
                                                            J. Crowcroft
                                                         Cambridge Univ.
                                                           December 2002

             Forward Error Correction (FEC) Building Block

Status of this Memo

   This memo defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet
   community.  It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.
   Discussion and suggestions for improvement are requested.
   Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2002).  All Rights Reserved.


   This document generally describes how to use Forward Error Correction
   (FEC) codes to efficiently provide and/or augment reliability for
   data transport.  The primary focus of this document is the
   application of FEC codes to one-to-many reliable data transport using
   IP multicast.  This document describes what information is needed to
   identify a specific FEC code, what information needs to be
   communicated out-of-band to use the FEC code, and what information is
   needed in data packets to identify the encoding symbols they carry.
   The procedures for specifying FEC codes and registering them with the
   Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) are also described.  This
   document should be read in conjunction with and uses the terminology
   of the companion document titled, "The Use of Forward Error
   Correction (FEC) in Reliable Multicast".

Luby, et. al.                 Experimental

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