Continuous media e-mail on the Internet: Infrastructure inadequacies and a sender-side solution

David A. Turner, Keith W. Ross

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    This article examines how the Internet's e-mail infrastructure should evolve to better support continuous media e-mail, such as audio and video. We assert that the problem is not simply a matter of adding the obvious new functionality to user agents (mail readers), such as audio and video capture, but requires the adoption of a new delivery model. We do this by examining the problems that arise using current methods to deliver video messages, and we show how sender-side storage and media streaming solve these problems. Finally, we describe an implementation strategy that requires changes only to individual sender systems, but enables CM e-mail to be delivered universally to any recipient, thus providing a realistic evolutionary path that can be adopted incrementally by individual mail systems.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)30-37
    Number of pages8
    JournalIEEE Network
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Jul 1 2000


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software
    • Information Systems
    • Hardware and Architecture
    • Computer Networks and Communications

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