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Scalable Network Architecture for Supporting Desktop Video in Education

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Executive Summary

Video is leaving the video conference room and becoming a standard communication tool. High-speed IP networks such as GEANT2 in Europe and Internet2 in the USA are creating opportunities for roll out of bandwidth hungry applications such as HD desktop video across countries and continents. Desktop video will have a profound impact on the scalability requirements of the video communication network which now must support tens of thousands of users where once it only had to support several dozen or at most a few hundred video rooms. Distributed video is a solution and an architecture that combines the quality of room-based telepresence and the usability (ease of use) of desktop video.

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