Checking date: 03/09/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Multimedia Networks
Study: Bachelor in Sound and Image Engineering (214)

Coordinating teacher: BANCHS ROCA, ALBERT

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Telematic Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
- Access Networks and Shared Media - Communications Networks and Services
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
This course addresses the transmission of multimedia contents over the Intenert. The goal is to analyze and design the mechanisms used by multimedia applications to transmit audiovisual content over a best-effort network such as the Internet. To achieve this goal, the student should acquire the knowledge and abilities described next. With respect to the Program Outcomes (POs), this course addresses the following ones: a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, statistics, science, telecommunication technologies and engineering b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility in engineering practice j) a knowledge of contemporary issues k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice Regarding the knowledge gained with this course (PO j), by its end the student will be able to: - Understand the type of service offered by the current Internet and the limitation of this service in order to serve multimedia content - Identify the different types of the multimedia applications used in the Internet and their different requirements. - Get to know the mechanisms used by multimedia applications in the Internet. - Get to know the specific mechanisms used for point-to-multipoint communications - Understand the differences between the mechanisms used in the current Internet and the ones suited for the next-generation Internet architecture with Quality of Service capabilities. The student will develop the following specific abilities by the end of the course: - Design of multimedia services to achieve an effective transmission of multimedia content over the Internet (PO b, e, k) - Optimal configure the different mechanisms at the network layer for the transport of multimedia contents (PO a) - Develop services for robust transport of audio contents (PO b, e, k) - Understand and analyze the global behavior of a network that supports data traffic as well as multimedia traffic (PO f) Regarding the generic abilities and skills, the following ones will be addressed during the course: - Ability for team work (PO f) - Ability to read and understand up to date literature as well as presenting it (PO j) - Getting familiar with widely used network technologies in the Internet area (PO j) - Ability to understand and used manuals and handbooks to operate network equipment (PO b)
Description of contents: programme
The course addresses first the design of multimedia applications and underlying techniques for the transport of audiovisual contents, and then addresses the evolution of the network architecture to better support the transport of this type of content. The course is divided into the following four parts: 1. Introduction The current Internet architecture and underlying service model, as well as multimedia services and their requirements, are introduced. 2. Multimedia Services in the Next-generation Internet. 2.1. Multimedia services with Quality of Service 2.2. Differentiated Services Architecture 2.3. Confiuration of DiffServ routers 3. Multimedia services over the Internet. 3.1. Streaming applications. Interactive applications. 3.2. Rate adaptation techniques. 3.3. Error control. 4. Distribution of multimedia content over the Internet. 4.1. Error and congestion control with multicast. 4.2. Heterogeneous networks. 4.3. Techniques for video on demand. 4.4. Caching techniques. 4.5. Overlay networks.
Learning activities and methodology
The following teaching methods will be used in the course: (1) Lectures with theoretical content (PO a, j). (2) Laboratory work (PO b, k). (3) Exercises (homework) (PO e, k). (4) Interactive lectures to solve the exercises (PO b, k).
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 45
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 55
Basic Bibliography
  • F. Kuo,W. Effelsberg, J.J. Garcia-Luna-Acebes. Multimedia Communications: Protocols and Applications. Prentice Hall. 2000
  • H. Wu, Y. Pan. Medium Access Control in Wireless Networks. Nova Science Publishers. 2008
  • Ivan Vidal, Ignacio Soto, Albert Banchs, Jaime Garcia-Reinoso, Ivan Lozano, Gonzalo Camarillo. Multimedia Networking Technologies, Protocols, and Architectures. Artech House. 2019
  • J.F. Kurose, K.W. Ross. Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach. Pearson,. 2013
  • S. Ahson and M. Ilyas:. VoIP Handbook: Applications, Technologies, Reliability, and Security. CRC Press. 2009
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Additional Bibliography
  • K. Kilkki. Differentiated services for the Internet. Macmillan Technical Publishing. 1999
  • M. van der Schaar, P. Chou. Multimedia over IP and Wireless Networks: Compression, Networking, and Systems. Elsevier. 2007
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The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.