Network and Operating System Support for Real-Time Multimedia

Dissertation Abstract

Multimedia systems places a high demand on the network in temrs of bandwidth, maximum end-to-end delay, and delay variance. Because of the recent advances in network technology, multimedia applications are becoming popular. Ethernet, a popular network, cannot support the high demands, in terms of bandwidth and delay, imposed on the network by multimedia data. This dissertation proposes three priority Ethernet protocols which allow faster delivery of real-time multimedia data. We present a qualitative analysis describing the conditions in which each performs best. Through an extensive simulation study using both Poisson and bursty traffic, we show the superiority of these methods over basic Ethernet.

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