Architectures and Algorithms for Multimedia Applications

Topic 12


In the recent years multimedia technology has emerged as a key technology, mainly because of its ability to represent information in disparate forms as a bit-stream. This enables everything from text to video and sound to be stored, processed, and delivered in digital form. A great part of the current research community effort has emphasized the delivery of the data as an important issue of multimedia technology. However, the creation, processing, and management of multimedia forms are the issues most likely to dominate the scientific interest in the long run. The aim to deal with information coming from video, text, and sound will result in a data explosion. This requirement to store, process, and manage large data sets naturally leads to the consideration of programmable parallel processing systems as strong candidates in supporting and enabling multimedia technology. Therefore, this fact taken together with the inherent data parallelism in these data types makes multimedia computing a natural application area for parallel processing. In addition to this, the concepts developed for parallel and distributed algorithms are quite useful for the implementation of distributed multimedia systems and applications. Thus, the adaptation of these methods for distributed multimedia systems is an interesting topic to be studied.


  • parallel and distributed architectures for multimedia
  • parallel multimedia computing servers
  • mapping multimedia applications to parallel and distributed architectures
  • system interfaces and programming tools to support multimedia applications on parallel processing systems
  • multimedia content creation, processing, and management using parallel architectures
  • parallel processing architectures of multimedia set-top boxes
  • parallel implementations of multimedia codecs
  • multimedia agent technology and parallel processing
  • "proof of concept" implementations and case studies

Global Chair

Prof. Ishfaq Ahmad

Computer Science Department

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Vice Chairs

Prof. Pieter Jonker

Department of Applied Physics

Delft University of Technology,

The Netherlands


Dr. Bertil Schmidt

School of Computer Engineering

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore      


Local Chair

Prof. Andreas Uhl

Department of Scientific Computing

Salzburg University, Austria