Floor control for multimedia conferencing and collaboration

Hans-Peter Dommel, J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves
1997 Multimedia Systems  
Floor control allows users of networked multimedia applications to utilize and share resources such as remote devices, distributed data sets, telepointers, or continuous media such as video and audio without access conflicts. Floors are temporary permissions granted dynamically to collaborating users in order to mitigate race conditions and guarantee mutually exclusive resource usage. A general framework for floor control is presented. Collaborative environments are characterized and the
more » ... ments for realization of floor control will be identified. The differences to session control, as well as concurrency control and access control are elicited. Based upon a brief taxonomy of collaboration-relevant parameters, system design issues for floor control are discussed. Floor control mechanisms are discerned from service policies and principal architectures of collaborative systems are compared. The structure of control packets and an application programmer's interface are proposed and further implementation aspects are elaborated. User-related aspects such as floor presentation, assignment, and the timely stages of floor-controlled interaction in relation to user-interface design are also presented.
doi:10.1007/s005300050040 fatcat:uawclq7wszerhkszyoxjek5qpi