What are Unicasting, Anycasting, Multicasting and Broadcasting?

What are Unicasting, Anycasting, Multicasting and Broadcasting?

Unicasting, Anycasting, Multicasting and Broadcasting are all different ways of sending data and information.

Unicasting: In unicasting, a piece of information is sent from one device to exactly one other receiver. There is only sender and one receiver.

Multicasting: In multicasting, a piece of information is sent from one device to one or more devices. The information is not received by all, but by selected devices in the network. The selected devices can be any number of devices.

Broadcasting: In broadcasting, a piece of information is sent from one device to all other devices. There is just one sender but the information is received by all others in the network.

Anycasting: In anycasting, a piece of information is sent from one device to the nearest receiver device. There is just one sender and one receiver device.

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