For our media server solution we had four basic requirements:
Several alternative technologies were tested with JMF. The most successful ones were based on WebNFS and on RMI. For the current demo version the RMI solution is chosen because it is the most widely accessible one.
The WebNFS solution was tested across Dutch scientific network. In
these tests MPEG-coded video could be tranmitted seamlessly to the clients. Tests to
access the Institutešs servers from for example Munich were not successful. The many
hops, delays, and bandwidth bottlenecks made the direct streaming of video impossible. We
expect that the national network situations will change dramatically within the coming two
years with an improved international connectivity, making the use of EUDICO from
clients at another scientific institutions somewhere in Europe possible.