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The design of flexible communications systems, supporting a wide range of applications is the principal challenge facing the communications industry today. This paper focuses on the problem of multipoint communications, suitable for supporting such applications as entertainment video distribution, voice/video teleconferencing and LAN interconnection. We review the key issues involved in the design of multipoint communication networks, including switching system architecture, connection management, multipoint routing and congestion control. We conclude that flexible multipoint communications networks are technically feasible given current technology, and while there are many research issues requiring further study, it appears likely the cost of such networks may be only marginally higher than that of comparable point-to-point networks.
Turner, Jonathan S., "The Challenge of Multipoint Communication" Report Number: WUCS-87-6 (1987). All Computer Science and Engineering Research.