Multimedia Communication Protocols and Services for Broadband Private Networks


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E77-B    No.3    pp.283-293
Publication Date: 1994/03/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Issue on Future Private Networks)
B-ISDN,  ATM,  private network,  LAN,  protocol,  multimedia communication,  distributed processing,  groupware,  CSCW,  work-station,  personal computer,  

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There has been growing interest in Broadband ISDN (B-ISDN) based on ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) technologies, since ATM is expected to support a wide range of applications through high-speed and flexible multimedia communication capabilities. This paper reviews and discusses technical issues on multimedia communication protocols and services from the integration points of view of computer and communication technologies. An ISDN-based distributed multimedia and multi-party desktop conference system called MERMAID is introduced as an example which offers highly-sophisticated functions for remote collaborations among multiple users. This system, which was developed in early 1989 and has been used for daily research work since then, involves B-ISDN key technologies related to multimedia and multicast protocols, and computer architecture for groupware applications.