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Workstation Support for Real-time Multimedia Communication

Olof Hagsand and Peter Sj|din

Swedish Institute of Computer Science


We show how multimedia applications with real-time requirements can be supported in a distributed system. A UNIX system has been modified to give soft real-time support. The modifications include deadline-based scheduling, preemption points and prioritized interrupt processing. In addition, a system call interface for real-time application programming has been designed. We justify the modifications by experiments with a simple distributed multimedia delivery system. The experiments are made on an ATM network, where resources are reserved by means of the ST-2 internetworking protocol.

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