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The rapidly increasing storage and transmission capacities of computers and the progress in compression algorithms make it possible to build multimedia applications that include audio and video. Such applications range from educational and training videos, delivered to desktops in schools and enterprises, to entertainment services at home. Applications developed for stand-alone personal computers can be deployed in distributed systems without change by using the client/server model and file servers that allow the sharing of applications among many users. The OS/390™ LAN Server has been enhanced to support multimedia data delivery. Resource management and admission control, wide disk striping to provide high data bandwidths, and multimedia-specific performance enhancements have been added. The resulting server benefits from the robustness, scalability, and flexibility of the S/390® system environment, which allows it to move into new multimedia applications. Multimedia support on a robust, widely installed platform with little or no additional hardware requirements gives customers the opportunity to enhance their existing applications with multimedia features and then expand their capacity as the demands of the applications increase. This multimedia server platform is in use with several interesting applications.
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