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<p><b>Abstract</b>—Employing distributed multimedia applications (DMA) requires management support for multiple configuration steps including the definition of a desired DMA topology, the specification of a desired quality of service (QoS) and its enforcement through resource reservation. In this paper, we examine the additional aspect of finding an appropriate placement for a DMA within a distributed computer system (DCS). An overall approach is described for interrelating placement functions with existing procedures for topology and QoS specification and resource reservation. Then the problem of assigning a DMA within a DCS is formulated with the goal of finding a DMA placement with minimized computation and communication cost. For solving the assignment problem an efficient heuristic algorithm—SIGMA—is presented. Unlike other approaches, SIGMA takes into account requirements, which are specific for multimedia applications. Based on experiments conducted for randomly generated DMA and DCS graphs, the efficiency and accuracy of SIGMA is shown to be encouraging because, at low execution times, it finds assignments with cost very close to the optimal one.</p>
Distributed multimedia application, configuration management, QoS negotiation, resource reservation, assignment.

G. Dermler, K. Rothermel, A. Hagin and G. Shchemelev, "Distributed Multimedia Application Configuration Management," in IEEE Transactions on Parallel & Distributed Systems, vol. 11, no. , pp. 669-682, 2000.
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