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Stream Control Transmission Protocol. An end-to-end, connection-oriented protocol that transports data in independent sequenced streams. SCTP endpoints support multi-homing; therefore, interface redundancy is built into the protocol. Through selective transmission mechanisms, SCTP resolves errors and buffers the data transmission process. SCTP provides applications with enhanced performance, reliability, and control functions. This protocol is essential where detection of connection failure and associated monitoring is mandatory. Furthermore, SCTP could be implemented in network systems and applications that deliver voice/data and support quality real-time services (e.g., streaming video and multimedia).

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