ACM Computing Surveys
Electronic data processing -- Distributed processing, Multimedia systems, Computer network architectures
Multimedia computing promises access to any type of visual or aural medium on the desktop. But in this networked future, will every type of media be accessible from every terminal device? Current multimedia standards do not allow content that is authored for high-bandwidth workstations to scale down for low-bandwidth applications. The problem is that application requests are commonly interpreted as requests for the highest possible quality and resource overloads are handled by ad hoc methods. We can begin to solve this problem by specifying Quality of Service (QOS) requirements based on functionality rather than on content encoding and device capabilities.
"Device and Physical Data Independence for Multimedia Presentations", Richard Staehli, Jonathan Walpole and David Maier, Appears in Computing Surveys Symposium on Multimedia, December 1995, Volume 27, Number 4, pages 640-643.