An Architecture for Interactive Distributed Multimedia Information Services

TitleAn Architecture for Interactive Distributed Multimedia Information Services
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsBouras, C, Kapoulas, V, Spirakis, P, Moiras, D, Ouzounis, V
JournalTelecommunication Information Management Journal, Volume 2, Issue 4
Pagination 3 - 10

In this work, we present an architecture for interactive distributed multimedia information services. The service
consists of three basic parts, the clients, the access servers, and the content servers. Clients manage the
presentation of the requested multimedia documents, while also ensure the synchronization among various
involved media. Special policies for the synchronized presentation of multimedia documents and user
interactions management are discussed. Access servers authorize the users for legitimate use of the service,
while also provide various searching capabilities Content servers manage the transportation of multimedia
documents over a broadband network and the user interactions. The proposed architecture preserves
scalability, flexibility and modularity due to the distributed nature of the architecture, while also results in good
performance due to the dynamic allocation of resources.