A Workstation Architecture to Support Multimedia

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University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory, 1993 - Multimedia systems - 99 pages
Abstract: "The advent of high speed networks in the wide and local area enables multimedia traffic to be easily carried between workstation class machines. This dissertation considers an architecture for a workstation to support such traffic effectively. In addition to presenting the information to a human user the architecture allows processing to be done on continuous media streams. The proposed workstation architecture, known as the Desk Area Network (DAN), extends ideas from Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) networks into the end system. All processors and devices are connected to an ATM interconnect. This is shown to be capable of supporting both multimedia data streams and more traditional CPU cache line traffic.

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