Audio and Video in Distributed Computer Systems: Why and How?

TitleAudio and Video in Distributed Computer Systems: Why and How?
Publication TypeTechnical Report
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsHerrtwich, R. Guido
Other Numbers590

Technological advances allow computer systems to handle "continuous media" such as audio and video in addition to "discrete media" such as text and graphics. As with the introduction of computer graphics ten years ago, the integration of continuous media will extend the range of computer applications and change existing paradigms for computer usage and programming. Distributed computer systems that are capable of handling continuous media can (1) unify the methods of information distribution, (2) personalize information services through interactive access and individual information selection, and (3) make information presentation more effective. The major obstacles to using continuous media in today's computer systems are performance limitations. In addition to high-capacity and high-speed hardware, system software is needed that meets the real-time demands of audio and video, and that provides application interfaces which take the special requirements of these new data types into account.

Bibliographic Notes

ICSI Technical Report TR-90-026

Abbreviated Authors

R. G. Herrtwich

ICSI Publication Type

Technical Report