[zeromq-dev] ZMQ UDP Support

Steven McCoy steven.mccoy at miru.hk
Sat Apr 10 07:59:17 CEST 2010

On 10 April 2010 13:11, Bhavin Turakhia <bhavin.t at directi.com> wrote:

>  * Is there a difference in terms of performance or capability in this
> case?
Sometimes UDP encapsulated PGM can actually be faster but the differences
are negligible until you move to hundreds of receivers and use PGM Router

* What if one wants to implement a unicast delivery over UDP? Can it be done
> using PGM?
The PGM protocol per se does not support unicast delivery, you can easily
emulate it using topic subscriptions which would be sufficient for many

TIBCO's TRDP protocol covers both multicast and unicast but it's proprietary
and I'd get hounded by lawyers if I do anything with it, for numerous

Generally one would look at UDP unicast for low bandwidth, low latency
requirements and in particular low setup and tear-down costs for new and
departed peers.  However universities and big institutions have used it on
Internet2 for faster than TCP inter-continental transfers.

For the latter there is UDT, for the former there are probably hundreds of
protocols to choose from and little to distinguish between.  Bit Torrent
recently moved to UDP protocol trackers in order to handle requests from
thousands of peers without the overhead of TCP connections.

Typically on an intranet there is not such demand for scaling of peers.

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