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.
Prof. Ishfaq Ahmad
Computer Science Department
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Prof. Andreas Uhl
Department of Scientific Computing
Salzburg University, Austria