Topic 11

Distributed and high performance multimedia


In recent years, the world has seen a tremendous increase in the capability to create, share and store multimedia items, i.e. a combination of pictorial, linguistic, and auditory data. Moreover, in emerging multimedia applications, generation, processing, storage, indexing, querying, retrieval, delivery, shielding, and visualization of multimedia content are integrated issues, all taking place at the same time and - potentially - at different administrative domains. As a result of these trends, a number of novel and hard research questions arise, which can be answered only by applying techniques of parallel, distributed, and Grid computing.

The scope of this topic embraces issues from high-performance processing, coding, indexing, and retrieval of multimedia data over parallel architectures for multimedia servers, databases and information systems, up to highly distributed architectures in heterogeneous, wired and wireless networks. "Proof of concept" implementations, case studies, and performance evaluations are particularly solicited.


  • Mapping multimedia applications to high-performance architectures,
  • Architectures and algorithms for multimedia servers, databases and information systems,
  • Parallel and distributed algorithms for fast coding, indexing and retrieval of multimedia data and metadata,
  • System interfaces and programming tools to support multimedia applications on parallel processing systems,
  • Multimedia content creation, processing, and management using parallel architectures,
  • Multimedia agent technology and parallel processing,
  • Resource management for high-performance multimedia,
  • Architectures and algorithms for QoS- and context-awareness in heterogeneous(wired and wireless) networks,
  • Distributed Architectures related to MPEG,
  • Multimedia Grid computing,
  • "proof of concept" implementations and case studies.


Global Chair Local Chair
Harald Kosh
University of Passau
Laurent Amsaleg
Rennes, France
Vice Chair Vice Chair
Eric Pawels
Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica ( CWI )
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Bj÷rn PÔˇr Jˇnsson
Reykjavik University
School of Computer Science
Reykjavik, Iceland