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Multimedia Networking

TLEN 5440
CREDITS: 3

Multimedia Networking

Description: 

Traditional multimedia services (such as telephony and television) and traditional data services increasingly share a common infrastructure. This will be an important theme in the evolution of computer networks and Telecommunications over the next decade. This course will focus on Technical discussion and analysis of Multimedia Over IP (MoIP) related topics, protocols used to transport media (Voice, Video, Image) over a common IP network infrastructure, technical discussion and analysis of Multimedia network architectures. Some of the key technologies covered are: Digital Coding, Compression, Codec, RTP, SIP, Security, and Quality of Service (QOS). This course focuses on how multimedia services and networking technology are co-evolving to support convergence.

Outline: 

  1. Introduction and Logistics
  2. Digital Coding Techniques and Standards
    • Audio Coding
    • Image Coding
    • Video Coding
  3. Multimedia Compression and Resiliency
    • Codecs
    • Adaptive Coding
    • Error Handling Techniques
  4. Multimedia network Services and Applications
    • Wireless Broadband
    • Broadcast TV and Video Streaming
    • QOS
  5. Media Transport Protocols
    • Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)
    • Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP)
    • Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP)
    • Session Description Protocol (SDP)
  6. Media Transport - Security Issues/Techniques and Compression
    • Firewalls, NATs, IPSec and Secure RTP
    • Header Compression
  7. Next-Generation Multimedia Network Architecture
    • Standards: Multiservice Switching Forum Architecture, 3 GPP, ETSI TISPAN, Architecure
    • NGN Components, Protocols
    • Multimedia Network Issues
    • Digital Rights Management (DRM)

Benefits: 

  1. Develop a basic understanding of Media Transport technologies in a VoIP network and the evolution of networking technologies and protocols to support them.
  2. Gain a greater technical, political and economic understanding of the implementation of Multimedia Converged Services of the Telephone, Cellular and Cable industries' Next-Generation network (NGN) Architectures.
  3. Develop life skills in learning cutting edge technology, and how to set technology learning in an economic, social, and business context.
  4. Students interested in an interdisciplinary learning approach to advance technical knowledge and expriences in the areas of Multimedia Networking/Services implrmented with VOIP and Next-Generation Network Architectures will benefits from this class.

Objectives: 

  1. Develop a basic understanding of Digital Media Coding, and Media Transport technologies in a VoIP network and the evolution of networking technologies and protocols to support them.
  2. Gain a greater technical, political and economic understanding of the implementation of Multimedia Converged Services of the Telephone, Cellular and Cable industries' Next-Generation network (NGN) Architectures.
  3. Develop life skills in learning cutting edge technology, and how to set technology learning in an economic, social, and business context.

Prerequisites: 

Knowledge of basic networking protocols, TLEN 5330 (Data Communications 1), or consent of instructor.

Textbooks: 

  1. Perkins, RTP: Audio and Video for the Internet, Addison-Wesley, 2003, ISBN 0-672-32249-8.
  2. Hwang, Multimedia Networking: From Theory to Practice, Cambridge, ISBN: 978-0-521-88204-0.

Recommended/Optional:

  1. Sinnreich, Internet Communications Using SIP: Delivering VoIP and Multimedia Services with Session Initiation Protocol, 2nd ed., Wiley, 2006, ISBN: 0-471-77657-2.
  2. Collins, Carrier Grade Voice Over IP, 2nd ed., Mc-Graw Hill, 2003, ISBN 0-07-140634-4.
  3. Any textbook related to 3 GPP IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), and network Covergence.
  4. Any other text book specifically focused on the SIP and other VoIP Protocols.

Hardware/Software: 

All the course lectures are remotely recorded. The course will be administered extensively by CULearn and email. The professor will record the presentations and post them to the course website on CULearn. Internet and e-mail access are mandatory. Students will access course materials using CULearn.

On-Campus Student Requirement: The Classroom session is design to (1) promote focused collaboration and teamwork, (2) facilitate communications skills improvements, and (3) provide a venue to use learned knowledge.

Proctor: 

Required

Syllabus: 

Any syllabus provided above may not be the most recent version. Please refer to the course syllabus provided by the instructor of this course.