3041 - Protocols for Multi-media Communications (PMMK)

Reader: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller
Assistants: Dr. Thomas Bocek, Sina Rafati
ECTS Points: 6.0
Lecture: Wednesday 8.15 - 9.45 hours (without break), first event 20.09.2017
Exercises: Wednesday 10.00 - 11.30 hours (without break)
Location: BIN-2.A.10 (Seminar Room)
Exam: 17.01.2018 at 10.15-12.00 


Based on the basic course on communication systems and networks this PMMK lecture will deepen the concepts and principles of efficient networking, advanced communication protocols, data formats and procedures, and their respective Quality-of-Service (QoS) management. It does address the basics in high-speed communications. Important to note is the fact that the PMMK lecture does address an integrated viewpoint of a complete communication system, which does outline the dependencies of networks, protocols, QoS and network or protocol architectures. Additionally, protocols for resource reservations, network management, authentication, authorization, and accounting, and virtual private networks will be discussed. Finally, economic investigations of networking conclude the lecture to enable an understanding of incentives in case of utilizing sparse or costly resources in a network.


Students will receive a deep insight into protocols for multi-media communications, Quality-of-Service (QoS) models, and supporting network technologies. More specifically, the lecture will teach up-to-date knowledge in networks, covering available technology and research. This will enable students to develop on their own at a later stage efficient, performing, and globally applicable multi-media communications. Those protocols and mechanisms taught may leave the grounds of typical text books, which provides hooks to students to see in which way research in that field is undertaken. The finalizing discussion of technologies and QoS-based services offered takes into account economic incentives, which may limit or encourage the use of a dedicated communication service.


The lecture "Communication Systems" is recommended highly, but formally not mandatory, in case of a personal dedication to get hold of those basics on the student's own will.

Course Material

Literature will be announced in the lecture. Lecture slides and additional material can be found here. Details on the exercises can be found here.


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