PSYC (Protocol for SYnchronous Conferencing) is a flexible text-based protocol for conferencing. Messages are delivered via multicast or unicast. Currently PSYC is mostly used for chatrooms, presence awareness, friendcasting, newscasting based on a decentral social network, but is build to be extensible for telephony or videostreaming. The strength of PSYC is in its use as a interserver protocol.
The protocol is based on an open and decentral network. Everyone can setup his own server and provide hosting for identities and services. A service is connected to an identity via rooms or channels. Compared to IRC-Channels the PSYC-Channels are fully programmable. They can act like an IRC-Channel, but it has also the possibility to deliver a rss feed via server push, act as an dictionary interface, stream binary data such as shared files or video streams.
Initialisation Packet in PSYC as described in the PSYC Wiki:
. =_source psyc://fi.ve.symlynx.com =_target psyc://ente.aquarium:-32872 :_using_protocols PSYC/0.9 TCP IP/4 :_understand_protocols PSYC/0.9 TCP IP/4, PSYC/0.9 UDP IP/4, IRC/2, Jabber, Chatlet, Telnet, HTTP/1.0, WAP :_understand_modules _context : _encrypt :_use_modules _context :_implementation psycMUVE/0.99 LDMUD/3.3.683 Linux i686 :_page_description http://psyc.pages.de/ =_encoding ISO-8859-1 _notice_circuit_established Connection to [_source] established. Protocols accepted: [_understand_protocols]. .
- Psyced - Reference implementation of psyc, provides access over IRC, Jabber, Telnet, WWW or PSYC itself, written in LPC.
- Mozilla extension PsycZilla written in XUL
- psyconaut written in C#
- Perlpsyc console based client written in Perl
The idea of PSYC was first written down in 1995. In productive use are some incomplete Versions since 1997. The reference implementation psyced is ready to use since 2005.
- since 2003 used for the hosted backstage video chat show of the MTV Europe Movie Awards.
- used from the german service provider T-Online as chat backend
- used from Magix as messaging backend in software products