Friday, October 1, 2010

UDP: User Datagram Protocol

Posted by OurTech Team | Friday, October 1, 2010 | Category: |

UDP is a connectionless transport layer (layer 4) protocol in OSI model, which provides a simple and unreliable message service for transaction-oriented services.
UDP is basically an interface between IP and upper-layer processes. UDP protocol ports distinguish multiple applications running on a single device from one another.
Since many network applications may be running on the same machine, computers need something to make sure the correct software application on the destination computer gets the data packets from the source machine, and some way to make sure replies get routed to the correct application on the source computer. This is accomplished through the use of the UDP "port numbers". For example, if a station wished to use a Domain Name System (DNS) on the station, it would address the packet to station and insert destination port number 53 in the UDP header. The source port number identifies the application on the local station that requested domain name server, and all response packets generated by the destination station should be addressed to that port number on the source station. Details of UDP port numbers could be found in the TCP/UDP Port Number document and in the reference.

Unlike the TCP , UDP adds no reliability, flow-control, or error-recovery functions to IP. Because of UDP's simplicity, UDP headers contain fewer bytes and consume less network overhead than TCP.
UDP is useful in situations where the reliability mechanisms of TCP are not necessary, such as in cases where a higher-layer protocol might provide error and flow control, or real time data transportation is required.

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