Evolution of temporal multimedia synchronization principles: A historical viewpoint

Zixia Huang, Klara Nahrstedt, Ralf Steinmetz

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The evolution of multimedia applications has drastically changed human life and behaviors. New communication technologies lead to new requirements for multimedia synchronization. This article presents a historical view of temporal synchronization studies focusing on continuous multimedia. We demonstrate how the development of multimedia systems has created new challenges for synchronization technologies. We conclude with a new application-dependent, multilocation, multirequirement synchronization framework to address these new challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number34
JournalACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications
Issue number1 SUPPL
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • Multimedia synchronization
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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