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Synchronisation services for digital continuous media

Cormac John Sreenan

March 1993, 123 pages

This technical report is based on a dissertation submitted October 1992 by the author for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy to the University of Cambridge, Christ’s College.


The development of broadband ATM networking makes it attractive to use computer communication networks for the transport of digital audio and motion video. Coupled with advances in workstation technology, this creates the opportunity to integrate these continuous information media within a distributed computing system. Continuous media have an inherent temporal dimension, resulting in a set of synchronisation requirements which have real-time constraints. This dissertation identifies the role and position of synchronisation, in terms of the support which is necessary in an integrated distributed system. This work is supported by a set of experiments which were performed in an ATM inter-network using multi-media workstations, each equipped with an Olivetti Pandora Box.

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  author =	 {Sreenan, Cormac John},
  title = 	 {{Synchronisation services for digital continuous media}},
  year = 	 1993,
  month = 	 mar,
  url = 	 {},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-292}