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Department of Informatics - Communication Systems Group

2483 - Protocols for Multimedia Communications (PMMK)

Reader: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller
Assistants: Muriel Franco, Eryk Schiller
ECTS Points: 6.0
Lecture: Wednesday 8.15 - 9.45 hours (without break), first event 16.09.2020.
Exercises: Wednesday 10.00 - 11.30 hours (without break), first event 23.09.2020.
Remote Class: Webex telco - link provided by a personal e-mail
Remote Exercises: Webex telco - link provided by a personal e-mail

20.01.2021, 10:15-11:15 (fully on-line as a single choice examination)

(Download of mandatory examination information (PDF, 156 KB))

This class will be held on-line. A Webex (videoconferencing tool) link will be shared for the class by e-mail to those students, who did register formally by September 10, 2020 with the UZH module booking tool. There will be one link valid for the first week only (September 16-17, 2020) and one different link for all other weeks following in term. The exercise classes will follow the same organization and use the same link provided to all students, who have had registered
    For all students, who plan to attend, but have not yet registered, please (a) sent an e-mail to the assistants of this class (see above) from their UZH e-mail address and inform them about your participation plans such that you can be added to the class and (b) do register with the UZH module booking system afterwards.
    Note that you need to mail from and read your UZH mail account to make these steps successful. Additionally, this information will reach you on your UZH mail address, too. Thanks.


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.


The information contained on this page complements the official page at the Vorlesungsverzeichnis (VVZ). In case of doubt, the official information from the VVZ is always considered valid.

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