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Operating-System Support for Distributed Multimedia

Sape J. Mullender        Ian M. Leslie    Derek McAuley

University of Twente            Cambridge University
Faculty of Computer Science     Computer Laboratory
P.O. Box 217                    Corn Exchange Street,
7500 AE Enschede                Cambridge CB2 3QG
The Netherlands                 United Kingdom


Multimedia applications place new demands upon processors, networks and operating systems. While some network designers, through ATM for example, have considered revolutionary approaches to supporting multimedia, the same cannot be said for operating systems designers. Most work is evolutionary in nature, attempting to identify additional features that can be added to existing systems to support multimedia. Here we describe the Pegasus project's attempt to build an integrated hardware and operating system environment from the ground up specifically targeted towards multimedia.

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