"Readings in Multimedia Computing and Networking" captures the
broad areas of research and developments in this burgeoning field,
distills the key findings, and makes them accessible to
professionals, researchers, and students alike. For the first time,
the most influential and innovative papers on these topics are
presented in a cohesive form, giving shape to the diverse area of
multimedia computing. The seminal moments are recorded by a dozen
visionaries in the field and each contributing editor provides a
context for their area of research by way of a thoughtful, focused
chapter introduction. The volume editors, Kevin Jeffay and
HongJiang Zhang, offer further incisive interpretations of past and
present developments in this area, including those within media and
content processing, operating systems, and networking support for
multimedia. This book will provide you with a sound understanding
of the theoretical and practical issues at work in the field's
* Offers an in-depth look at the technical challenges in multimedia
and provides real and potential solutions that promise to expand
the role of multimedia in business, entertainment, and
* Examines in Part One issues at the heart of multimedia processes:
the means by which multimedia data are coded, compressed, indexed,
retrieved, and otherwise manipulated.
* Examines in Part Two the accommodation of these processes by
storage systems, operating systems, network protocols, and
* Written by leading researchers, the introductions give shape to a
field that is continually defining itself and place the key
research findings in context to those who need to understand the
state-of-the art developments.
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