ECE 6564 Multimedia Networking | ECE | Virginia Tech


Course Information


This course examines and explores recent advances in multimedia networking technologies. Major topics include multimedia compression and standards, quality of service (QoS) support mechanisms and protocols, performance analysis, network calculus, IP multicasting, Internet multimedia applications, and multimedia transport over wireless networks.

Why take this course?

Multimedia networking is an important area in network engineering. There has been an explosive growth in research and wide application (voice, data, images and video) in recent years. This course addresses how to transport various types of media over wired and wireless networks with required QoS. In order to understand the principles, applications and future developments of multimedia networking, a number of key concepts, technologies, and design issues have to be studied and addressed. This course aims to provide the essential background for graduate students to understand the concepts and master technologies underlying multimedia networks, therefore enabling students to be prepared to design new network architectures, protocols, and algorithms to support multimedia information as future technology further evolves.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe multimedia compression techniques and standards,
  • Describe various types of network architectures, protocols, and mechanisms to support multimedia,
  • Describe end systems support for multimedia transport
  • Describe and analyze QoS mechanisms and protocols,
  • Conduct performance analysis and apply network calculus,
  • Describe IP multicasting techniques,
  • Discuss and evaluate multimedia over wireless networks.

Course Topics


Percentage of Course

Introduction 5%
Multimedia compression and standards 5%
Network services and protocols (DiffServ; IntServ, RSVP; RTP, RTCP and SIP) 20%
QoS mechanisms (scheduling, admission control) 15%
Resource allocation 10%
Performance analysis, network calculus 10%
IP multicasting techniques 10%
End system support 10%
Multimedia over wireless networks 15%