[vlc-devel] Questions to the community: AribaMC - Overlay-based video streaming plugin for VLC

Christoph Mayer mayer at kit.edu
Wed Jan 5 14:34:31 CET 2011

Dear VLC developers,

I have some questions to the VLC community regarding our overlay-based 
VLC streaming plugin AribaMC:

-is it of interest to VLC that such a streaming plugin exists on an 
experimental basis? If we develop it further, we want to be sure that 
the VLC community does support this in general.

-are you ok if we further promote this plugin? Or does it go against the 
agenda of the VLC community to have such experimental plugins that are 
lossely coupled with VLC?

-is it possible that on the VLC site there is some link back to the 
AribaMC website (http://www.ariba-underlay.org/wiki/Documentation/VLC), 
maybe in the developers section?

-we are planning to write an article for a german computer magazine to 
describe the general way to write VLC streaming plugins and our AribaMC 
work in special. Is there some interest from a german-speaking VLC 
developer to cooperate on this? We want to make sure that the contents 
in such an article are in-line with the VLC community and correct from 
the VLC developer's view.

Dipl.-Inform. Christoph P. Mayer
Institute of Telematics
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Phone: +49 721 608 46415, Email: mayer at kit.edu
Web: http://www.tm.kit.edu/~mayer

Am 10.12.2010 20:30, schrieb Christoph Mayer:
> Dear VLC Developers,
> we are proud to release our VLC streaming module with data transport
> based on Ariba and MCPO libraries. Ariba is an overlay-based virtual
> network substrate that provides connectivity in face of protocol
> heterogeneity (IPv4, IPv6, RFCOMM), NAT, device mobility, network
> dynamics, ...). MCPO is an application layer multicast distribution
> service that builds upon Ariba. Based on these two libraries of Ariba
> and MCPO we have developed the 'AribaMC' plugin for VLC (AribaMC stands
> for Ariba-based Multicast). The AribaMC plugin provides overlay-based
> video streaming for VLC with all features that Ariba provides.
> You can get it here: http://www.ariba-underlay.org/wiki/Documentation/VLC
> The AribaMC plugin provides added-value for VLC:
> -streaming in scenarios with heterogeneous network protocols
> -streaming in face of device mobiliy, and multihoming
> -streaming in face of NATs
> -automatic bootstrapping modules for LANs
> We are very interested to bring the plugin into VLC, maybe on an
> experimental basis and especially to hear your opinion and whether VLC
> is interested in such streaming functionality.
> Currently, the plugin as well as Ariba are not production ready, but we
> have done our best to provide a great working version, limitations and
> problems are listed on the website.
> --> You can find the plugin, SVN access, source code, precompiled
> binaries here, and a lot of help and tutorials here:
> http://www.ariba-underlay.org/wiki/Documentation/VLC
> --> A lot more information about Ariba and MCPO can be found here:
> http://www.ariba-underlay.org
> --> Information about the SpoVNet project where the Ariba library was
> developed in can be found here:
> http://www.spovnet.de
> We would be happy to hear your opinions, feedback, and requirements that
> you state on such a streaming plugin and hope that you find it useful!
> Our goal is to develop Ariba and the AribaMC plugin further so that it
> provides added-value for VLC.
> Best regards,
> Christoph
> --
> Dipl.-Inform. Christoph P. Mayer
> Institute of Telematics
> Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
> Phone: +49 721 608 6415, Email: mayer at kit.edu
> Web: http://www.tm.kit.edu/~mayer
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