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Multimedia group communications: towards new services

Mauthe, Andreas and Hutchison, David and Coulson, Geoffrey and Namuye, Silvester (1996) Multimedia group communications: towards new services. Distributed Systems Engineering, 3 (3). pp. 197-210. ISSN 1361-6390

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Abstract

Interpersonal communication among a group of users employing different media types is becoming more and more widespread in computing and telecommunications. Group communication places a variety of new requirements onto the underlying communications architecture and although many existing protocols and services do offer some limited support for multicast group communication, these new requirements make it difficult to find efficient and comprehensive solutions. The impact of multimedia group communication on the communication system and the way in which existing systems, international standardization bodies and researchers cope with these challenges is the subject of this paper. First the characteristics and requirements of multimedia group applications are discussed and illustrated by examples of existing group applications. Subsequently a survey of the kind of support available in today's communication system is presented. In addition the ongoing discussion about the standardization of group communication within ISO and ITU and the direction these efforts take is briefly summarized. Further, some selected examples of research projects which deal with different communication and protocol related aspects of multimedia group communication are presented which give an indication of the trends in this area.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Distributed Systems Engineering
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 52637
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2012 15:58
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:06
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/52637

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