Technical Reports (CIS)

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version

May 1994


University of Pennsylvania Department of Computer and Information Science Technical Report No. MS-CIS-94-29.


Error-free multimedia data processing and communication includes providing guaranteed services such as the colloquial telephone. A set of problems have to be solved and handled in the control-management level of the host and underlying network architectures. We discuss in this paper 'resource management' at the host and network level, and their cooperation to achieve global guaranteed transmission and presentation services, which means end-to-end guarantees. The emphasize is on 'network resources' (e.g., bandwidth, buffer space) and 'host resources' (e.g., CPU processing time) which need to be controlled in order to satisfy the Quality of Service (QoS) requirements set by the users of the multimedia networked system. The control of the specified resources involves three actions: (1) properly allocate resources (end-to-end) during the multimedia call establishment, so that traffic can flow according to the QoS specification; (2) control resource allocation during the multimedia transmission; (3) adapt to changes when degradation of system components occurs. These actions imply the necessity of: (a) new services, such as admission services, at the hosts and intermediate network nodes; (b) new protocols for establishing connections which satisfy QoS requirements along the path from send to receiver(s), such as resource reservation protocol; (c) new control algorithms for delay, rate and error control; (d) new resource monitoring protocols for reporting system changes, such as resource administration protocol; (e) new adaptive schemes for dynamic resource allocation to respond to system changes; and (f) new architectures at the hosts and switches to accommodate the resource management entities. This article gives an overview of services, mechanisms and protocols for resource management as outlined above.


multimedia, multimedia networking, resource management, guaranteed service, multimedia protocols, quality of services, multimedia systems



Date Posted: 30 July 2007