12,000

We have over 12,000 students, from over 100 countries, within one of the safest campuses in the UK

93%

93% of Lancaster students go into work or further study within six months of graduating

Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > A network interface unit to support continuous ...
View graph of relations

« Back

A network interface unit to support continuous media

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Published

Journal publication date02/1993
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Journal number2
Volume11
Number of pages12
Pages264-275
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The combination of high-speed multiservice networks and multimedia workstations offers considerable potential for the development of distributed multimedia applications. However, many challenges remain before this potential can be realized. One key challenge is how to integrate continuous-media types such as audio and video into a distributed workstation environment. This paper describes an experimental system architecture based on a specialized multimedia network interface that attempts to provide this integration. The design and implementation of this system is discussed in depth in terms of workstation enhancement and distributed system support. A new approach to the problem of media synchronization is introduced, and the importance of quality of service in the architecture is highlighted. The paper also relates our experiences from this work, compares it with other approaches, and outlines our views on likely future developments in multimedia network interfacing.