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Multimedia Network System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110186D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

deNijs, RHJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article discloses a system that permits properly equipped workstations to interactively share multimedia information in a network environment. In this manner, distributed information can be accessed by other users on the network. Currently standalone multimedia workstations cannot share resources because each station is an inseparable unit that requires the user and server to be located in the same place.

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Multimedia Network System

       This article discloses a system that permits properly
equipped workstations to interactively share multimedia information
in a network environment.  In this manner, distributed information
can be accessed by other users on the network.  Currently standalone
multimedia workstations cannot share resources because each station
is an inseparable unit that requires the user and server to be
located in the same place.

      Following is a general description of each subsystem.

      The Network Controller (A) allocates available network
resources.  Upon initiating a network connection, the Server
Workstation (D) provides the Network Controller a list of available
sources.  This list is then placed in a resource data base by the
Network Logistics Control Program (B).  At the request of the Client
Workstation (D), the Network Controller allocates available resource
sessions to the client.  It then updates the resource data base to
indicate which sessions are busy.  When a client/server session is
concluded, the server sends a "free session" message to the Network
Controller, which updates the resource data base.

      The Physical Network (C) that interconnects the Network
Controller (A) and the Client/Server Workstations (D) is comprised of
transmission paths suitable for carrying both control and multimedia
data streams.  This network can consist of either a single,
integrated control/data stream or of concurrent, multipath control
and data streams.  Also, this physical media can be...