Multiparty Multimedia Session Control

Document Charter Multiparty Multimedia Session Control WG (mmusic)
Title Multiparty Multimedia Session Control
Last updated 1993-06-24
State Approved
WG State Active
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The Multiparty MUltimedia SessIon Control (MMUSIC) Working Group was
  chartered to develop protocols to support Internet teleconferencing and
  multimedia communications. These protocols are now reasonably mature,
  and many have received widespread deployments. The group has revised
  some of these protocols in the light of implementation experience and
  additional demands that have arisen from other WGs (such as AVT, SIP,
  and SIPPING). It is focused on using and negotiating mechanisms such
  STUN and TURN in order to enable media sessions to traverse Network
  Address Translators NATs, and on new means to exchange SDP capabilities.
  Multimedia communications protocols use a common platform to express
  media and session descriptions: the Session Description Protocol, SDP.
  The many uses of SDP have led to (requests for) numerous extensions and
  have led to recognition of several flaws in the protocol design, some of
  which were addressed in the revision of SDP. In spite of these, it is
  widely deployed.
  The current aims of the working group include the following:
  - To support the establishment of multi-party multimedia sessions across
  NATs, MMUSIC will define an Internet Connectivity Establishment
  protocol (ICE). This will define several SDP extensions to work with
  NATs for media sessions carried over both UDP and TCP.
  - Various extensions to SDP will be pursued to remedy the most urgent of
  SDP's shortcomings. These will be limited and include adding support
  for limited but generic capability negotiations in SDP, defining the
  means to select QoS mechanisms to use for a particular media stream,
  enabling file transfer via the SDP Offer/Answer model, and support
  media loopback.
  With the exception of these specific items, only extensions within the
  existing SDP framework will be done (e.g. registering new codecs and
  defining parameters for them, extending SDP to include new address
  - to maintain and revise the specification of the Real Time Streaming
  Protocol (RTSP), including fixes and clarifications based on
  implementation experience. The revised RTSP specification will be
  re-issued as a Proposed Standard RFC. We will also document how RTSP
  can be used in the presence of NAT boxes.
  The MMUSIC work items will be pursued in close coordination with other
  IETF WGs including AVT, SIP, SIPPING, SIMPLE, XCON, and BEHAVE, as well
  as others where appropriate such as NSIS.