Marco Lohse - NMM Book

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Today, there is a strong trend towards networked multimedia devices. However, common multimedia software architectures are restricted to perform all processing on a single system. Available software infrastructures for distributed computing - commonly referred to as middleware - only partly provide the facilities needed for supporting multimedia in distributed and dynamic environments. Approaches from the research community only focus on specific aspects and do not achieve the coverage needed for a full-featured multimedia middleware solution. The Network-Integrated Multimedia Middleware (NMM) presented in this book considers the network as an integral part. Despite the inherent heterogeneity of present networking and device technologies, the architecture allows to extend control and cooperation to the network and enables the development of distributed multimedia applications that transparently use local and remote components in combination. This middleware is augmented by several middleware services that especially aim at providing additional support for developing complex applications that involve mobile users and devices.

Marco Lohse received a Diploma/MSc in Computer Science from Saarland University, Germany in 2001 and a Doctor/PhD in Computer Science from Saarland University in 2005. Since 2001, he is chief software architect and project manager for the Network-Integrated Multimedia Middleware (NMM).