Multimedia Communications: Protocols and Applications, 1st edition

  • Franklin F. Kuo
  • J Joaquin Garcia Luna-Aceves
  • Wolfgang Effelsberg

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The complete guide to planning and deploying networked multimedia.

Multimedia Communications is an indispensable resource for anyone who needs to make networked multimedia work in products, in business LANs or WANs, or across the Internet. It covers everything that engineers and network professionals need to know to plan for and manage multimedia traffic.

Start with a detailed understanding of the unique technical and performance requirements that surround networked multimedia, including throughput, error rates, delay, latency, and quality of service issues. Then, take a close look at the technologies and methodologies now available to maximize the performance of networked multimedia applications.

Compare compression technologies from the original MPEG-1 to the new MPEG-4 and discover new wavelet and fractal techniques that can dramatically improve compression rates. Understand the subnetworking issues that arise in networked multimedia and how to evolve your network to support these new applications. Compare your ATM options, including Classical IP-over-ATM, IP Multicasting, LAN Emulation, and native multimedia over ATM.

Multimedia Communications also includes expert coverage into new network and transport layer protocols for multimedia, including Multicast IP, IPv6, RSVP, ST2, the Tenet protocols, and RTP. It provides up-to-the-minute guidance for building reliable, end-to-end multicast networks, including choosing the right protocols and planning for scalability and efficiency.

Finally, you'll review the unique needs of each important networked multimedia application, including Internet MBone multicasting and video servers, push technology, videoconferencing, distributed audio, shared whiteboards, multi-party gaming, and more.

Multimedia applications stress networks as they've never been stressed before. If you're faced with planning or implementing these applications, Multimedia Communications is your single source for the straight answers and technical insight you need.

Table of contents



Who Should Read This Book.

What This Book Covers.

What This Book Does Not Cover.

How the Book Came To Be.


1. Introduction to Multimedia.

The Internet and Multimedia Communications. Continuous and Discrete Media. Digital Signals. Still Images. Text and Graphics. Moving Graphics and Images. Encoding and Decoding. Bandwidth vs. Compression. Project TeleTeaching. References.

2.Multimedia Networks: Requirements and Performance Issues.

Distributed Multimedia Applications. Peer-to-Peer and Multipeer Communications. Network Performance Parameters for Multimedia. Characteristics of Multimedia Traffic Sources. Factors That Affect Network Performance. Multimedia Traffic Requirements for Networks. Quality of Service. References.

3.Compression Methods.

Introduction to Compression Methods. Basic Coding Methods. Video Compression. Audio Compression. More Information about Compression Methods. References.

4.Subnetwork Technology.

Networking Requirements of Multimedia Applications. Networking Technologies. Networking Infrastructure Evolution. Summary. References.

5.Network and Transport Layer Protocols for Multimedia.

Principles and Algorithms of Traditional Protocols. Problems with Traditional Protocols. A New Generation of Protocols for Multimedia. Media Filtering, Media Scaling, and Adaptive Applications. Summary. References.

6.End-to-End Reliable Multicast.

Defining End-to-End Reliability. A Taxonomy of Reliable Multicast Protocols. Maximum Throughput of Reliable Protocols. Protocol Implementations. Scaling and Efficiency Issues. Summary. Acknowledgments. References.

7.Multimedia Applications in Networks.

Introduction. Application-Level Framing. Audio/Video Conferencing. Video Servers. Applications Requiring Reliable Multicast. Multimedia Applications in the World Wide Web. Interactive Multiplayer Games. Summary. References.


Published by Pearson (September 26th 1997) - Copyright © 1998