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Multimedia Communications: Applications, Networks, Protocols and Standards Hardcover – September 24, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0201398182 ISBN-10: 0201398184 Edition: 1st

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The fast-growing field of multimedia communications involves the use of varied media types (text, images, speech, audio and video) in a wide range of subject areas. These include:
· how to represent the different media types in a digital form;
· the range of compression algorithms that are used with each of these media types;
· the communication requirements associated with the different types of multimedia applications (video telephony/conferencing, electronic mail, interactive TV, electronic commerce, Web TV etc);
· the operation of the different types of communication networks that are used (campus networks and LANs, the Internet and the World Wide Web, switched telephone networks, and home-entertainment networks such as cable and satellite);
· the new communication protocols and standards that have been developed for use with each of these networks to meet the more demanding requirements of multimedia applications.

Multimedia Communications by Fred Halsall addresses all of these subject areas to a depth that enables the reader to build up a thorough understanding of the technical issues associated with this rapidly evolving subject. In addition, the book contains all of the foundation material that is necessary to enable it to be used as a textbook in both computer science and electronic engineering departments. The book is also an essential reference for computing and networking professionals.

Key Features:
· embraces all of the main subject areas associated with multimedia communications in a single textbook;
· extensive use of detailed diagrams and worked examples as an aid to understanding each major topic;
· end of chapter exercises associated with all topics covered.

Fred Halsall is a Professor of Communications Engineering at the University of Wales, Swansea. Professor Halsall has been involved in research and education in the field of computer networking for the past 30 years. He has published over 50 refereed journal and conference papers. His four textbooks include the successful Data Communications, Computer Networks and Open Systems. He is a Fellow of the IEE and a Member of the IEEE.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1034 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 1 edition (September 24, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201398184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201398182
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,758,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jauvane C. de Oliveira on February 12, 2003
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I have got this book along with quite a few more on Multimedia. I am VERY happy with this title, I can easily select it as the bext text available to date. The book is quite complete and brings a good number of exercises. The companion web-site allows one to get material which makes it easier to prepare a course based on this title. I have very sucessfully adopted this book on a pos-graduated course on Multimedia Systems (with the aid of additional material as well).
I would recommend Addison Wesley to make this book more broadly available though (I ordered my copy from but for some students it is desirable to find it in local bookstores too).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Jenista on November 28, 2000
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This is a very impressive reference.
Sparing you the excessive application information, it provides the logic and call flow of numerous protocols. It contained every protocol I could think of, and then some. If you are engineering or testing/certifying anything from an ATM network, Voice over IP telephone system, Distributed Mail System or Unified Messaging System to a Packet over Sonet or GigE Infrastructure with streaming multimedia, from transmission systems to routing protocols and switch logic, this is the book for you.
This reference book easily gets 5 stars, and replaces several other books with one concise and detailed volume.
Hats off to you Fred, you did an outstanding job!
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This has pretty much become the standard text in graduate courses on multimedia systems over the last six years. Its main focuses are the individual technologies involved in multimedia systems with an emphasis on compression standards and the various types of networks involved in multimedia systems and their advantages in each case. Its emphasis is on engineering, not software algorithms, thus there is more prose than math in the compression chapters, and the chapter on the Internet is placed in the book three chapters before the one on transport protocols. The book is starting to show its age, since there is a whole chapter on ATM, which has been displaced by Fast Ethernet for a number of years. Also, there is no discussion of wireless networks and their place in multimedia systems, and the chapters on Internet Applications and the World Wide Web are looking very aged and in need of an update at this point. In summary, if you need a book that emphasizes protocols and standards, this might be a good choice. If you are looking for a book on capacity planning in multimedia systems or a more modern book on networks as they are employed in multimedia systems, this book is not recommended. The following is the table of contents:

1. Multimedia Communications
2. Multimedia Information Representation
3. Text and Image Compression
4. Audio and Video Compression
5. Standards for Multimedia Communications
6. Digital Communication Basics
7. Circuit-switched networks
8. Enterprise Networks
9. The Internet
10. Broadband ATM Networks
11. Entertainment Networks and High-Speed Modems
12. Transport Protocols
13. Application Support Functions
14. Internet Applications
15. The World Wide Web
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