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From: Wesley W. Terpstra (terpstra_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-03-03 12:17:45

On Wed, Feb 12, 2003 at 06:11:59PM -0500, Jason House wrote:
> Once I heard there was a generic socket library in development, I thought I'd add
> a quick feature request. I would like to see the ability to have multiple
> streams through the same socket.
> This boils down to providing two distinct benefits.
> 1: Programs can easily perform complex communications over a single port.
> 2: Without multiple streams, problems can occur when there are multiple clients
> behind a proxy connecting to a host outside of the proxy. If the client only
> forms a single connection to the host, there won't be a problem because the random
> source port will differentiate each stream. So, when multiple clients connect to
> a host from behind a proxy, the host can only differentiate each stream by the
> random source port. So, when the clients form a second connection to the host,
> each stream gets differentiated from each other, but there is no mapping of random
> source port ot the distinct client.

What you are asking for here is:
... in my slightly biased opinion. ;-)

This gives you a stackable transport framework which includes (among other
things) a multiplexed channel.

This project is still really new, but is shaping up nicely.

However, it has no relation to boost and is primarily targetted at building
distributed hash tables (p2p apps) that can go through any data channel.


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