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Language: Java
Expertise: Beginner
May 31, 1998

Java and videoconferencing

Question:
I am conducting a study of operating system capabilities to support desktop videoconferencing. Would Java be a good Operating System for this purpose?

Answer:
Java itself is not an operating system, although Sun Microsystems has created an operating system called JavaOS which can lead to some confusion. In response to your question, I do not believe that Java is yet an adequate platform on which to implement computationally intensive applications such as videoconferencing. If you were to do so, you would likely have to implement most of your code as native methods, in which case it does not make much sense to use Java. In the future Java may be better able to process real time audio and video streams at the rates necessary to provide usable videoconferencing. Currently, Java is better suited for processing pre-recorded audio and video streams and for implementing network applications where the largest source of delay is the network.

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