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A Multimedia Capable Distributed Object Platform

Shakuntala Baichoo, Geoff Coulson

Abstract


Though distributed object computing has developed very rapidly over the past few years, the area is still  lacking in terms of support for distributed multimedia applications which are fast becoming a very important  part of the computing environment. This paper discusses the design and implementation of a  multimediacapable distributed object platform, using a low-level platform GOPI (General Object Platform Infrastructure). It involves the design of a minimal Interface Definition Language (IDL) compiler for the support of simple operations, using the specifications of the Object Management Group’s (OMG) IDL. Based on the computational model of the Reference Model for Open Distributed Processing (RM-ODP), the IDL is then  extended to support stream interfaces along with quality of service (QoS).


Running Title: A Multimedia-capable Distributed Object Platform

Keywords: Multimedia; GOPI; IDL; CORBA; Quality of Service; Middleware; Distributed Systems.




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