Towards Automatic Setup of Distributed Multimedia Applications

Recent developments in the area of multimedia middleware have proven to provide suitable abstractions for supporting various ubiquitous computing scenarios. As a typical example, home entertainment applications aim at providing a ``follow-me'' service, where audio/video output is performed using devices embedded in the current surrounding of the user.

However, manually setting up such distributed multimedia applications is a complex task. Therefore, middleware needs to provide further guidance. In this paper, we provide an in-depth analysis of the challenges for such a service. Based on these observations, an algorithm is derived that allows for the automatic creation of distributed multimedia data flow graphs from a given high-level description. The applicability and performance of our approach is evaluated by demonstrating relevant application scenarios.