Automatic Rendezvous Point

‘Auto-RP’ is a Cisco propriety technology that automates distribution of multicast group to rendezvous point distribution in a PIM topology.

Auto-RP has some benefits:

  • Makes it easier to use multi rendezvous points inside of a network to service different group ranges
  • Allows for load splitting across multiple rendezvous points
  • Simplifies rendezvous point placement towards the location of group participants
  • Prevents inconsistent manual static rendezvous point configuration
  • Multi rendezvous points can act as backups for the other rendezvous point
  • The automatic rendezvous point technology has two basis components, candidate rendezvous points and rendezvous point mapping agents.



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