University of Hertfordshire

Improved multimedia server I/O subsystems

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  • M. Weeks
  • H. Batatia
  • R. Sotudeh
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn: Procs 24th Euromicro Conf, 1998 Vol.2
ISBN (Print)0-8186-8646-4
Publication statusPublished - 1998


The main function of a continuous media server is to concurrently stream data from storage to multiple clients over a network. The resulting streams will congest the host CPU bus, reducing access to the system's main memory, which degrades CPU performance. The purpose of this paper is to investigate ways of improving I/O subsystems of continuous media sewers. Several improved I/O subsystem architectures are presented and their performances evaluated. The proposed architectures use an existing device, namely the Intel i960RP processor. The objective of using an I/O processor is to move the stream and its control from the host processor and the main memory. The ultimate aim is to identify the requirements for an integrated I/O subsystem for a high performance scalable media-on-demand server.


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