Multimedia Networking Technologies, Protocols, and Architectures


This practical resource provides a survey on the technologies, protocols, and architectures that are widely used in practice to implement networked multimedia services. The book presents the background and basic concepts behind multimedia networking, and provides a detailed analysis of how multimedia services work, reviewing the diverse network protocols that are of common use to implement them. To guide the explanation of concepts, the book focuses on a representative set of networked multimedia services with proven success and high penetration in the telecommunication market, namely Internet telephony, Video-on-Demand (VoD), and live IP television (IPTV). Contents are presented following a stepwise approach, describing each network protocol in the context of a networked multimedia service and making appropriate references to the protocol as needed in the description of other multimedia services.

This book also contains questions and exercises to provide the reader with insight on the practical application of the explained concepts. Additionally, a laboratory practice is included, based on open-source tools and software, to analyze the operation of an Internet telephony service from a practical perspective, as well as to deploy some of its fundamental components.


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1 Motivation and Objectives
Part I Introduction to Multimedia Networking
2 An Overview of Multimedia Networking
3 Multimedia Network Mechanisms
Part II IP Telephony
4 Fundamentals of IP Telephony
5 Transport Protocols for IP Telephony and Other Multimedia Applications
6 Signaling Protocols
8 Fundamentals of Live IPTV
9 Multipoint Delivery Services IP Multicast
Part IV VoD
10 Fundamentals of VoD
11 Transport of Video Content and Control Using HTTP
12 Scalable Dissemination of Video Content
About the Authors

7 Control Architectures
Part III Live IPTV

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Sobre el autor (2019)

Ivan Vidal is Visiting Professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, in the Department of Telematics Engineering. He received his telecommunication engineering degree from the University of Vigo (Spain), and the Ph.D. in telematics engineering from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Madrid, Spain). Dr. Vidal has published over 40 research papers in conferences and international journals and magazines, including IEEE Communications Magazine.
Ignacio Soto received a telecommunication engineering degree and a Ph.D. in telecommunications from the University of Vigo, Spain. He is currently an associate professor in telematics engineering.
Albert Banchs received his telecommunications engineering degree and Ph.D. from UPC Barcelona Tech, Spain. He is a professor at University Carlos III of Madrid. He has authored more than 100 conference and journal papers and is the inventor of 5 patents.
Jaime Garcia-Reinoso received his telecommunications engineering degree from the University of Vigo, Spain and his Ph.D. in telecommunications from the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain. He is currently an associate professor at University Carlos III of Madrid and he has published over 50 papers in the field of broadband computer networks.
Ivan Lozano is the Head of Technology IP Access Networks at Telefonica Spain. He received his computer engineering degree from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, his Master´s degree of Sciences computer Networks from University Carlos III and Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid.
Gonzalo Camarillo is the chairman of the board of trustees of the Internet Society (ISOC). He is also the head of Data/IT standardization at Ericsson, where he works at the office of the CTO. He holds an MBA from AEE (Aalto University Executive Education; Finland), a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Aalto University (Finland), and two MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering from KTH (Royal Institute of Technology; Sweden) and UPM (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid; Spain).

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