Motama GmbH

NMM

Motama's key technology - called Network-Integrated Multimedia Middleware (NMM) – provides a ground-breaking new software solution for networked multimedia systems, spanning from embedded and mobile devices, to PCs, to large-scale computing clusters.

Our middleware forms the basis of our own products and is licensed to world leaders in the areas of home entertainment, networking, mobility, and content processing and distribution.

Today's multimedia infrastructures adopt a centralized approach, where all multimedia processing takes place within a single system. The network is, at best, used for streaming predefined content from a server to clients. Conceptually, such approaches consist of two isolated applications, a server and a client. The realization of complex scenarios is therefore complicated and error-prone - especially since the client has typically no or only limited control of the server.

The Network-Integrated Multimedia Middleware (NMM) overcomes these limitations by enabling access to all resources within the network: distributed multimedia devices and software components can be transparently controlled and integrated into an application. In contrast to other multimedia architectures available, NMM is a middleware, i.e. a distributed software layer running in between distributed systems and applications.

Features

Open micro-core middleware architecture that allows for arbitraty networking and device technologies to be integrated.

Uniform messaging system for both out-of-band request-reply interaction as well as one-way instream interaction between connected components of a flow graph; both providing message types for multimedia data and typed control information.

Extensible serialization and networking stack providing standard protocol support and standard data formats, but also highly optimized propietary components.

Intuitive object-oriented C++ API plus object-oriented control interface defined in Interface Definition Language (IDL) for specifying both out-of-band and instream interaction.

High level of abstraction using transparently distributed flow graphs for specifying an intended (distributed) processing of multimedia streams.

Distributed synchronization architecture offering high-quality synchronous capturing and rendering of media streams across all networked systems.

Session sharing service that allows to connect running applications in order to share a single multimedia device or reuse common parts of a flow graph, e.g. for transcoding. Shared control and distributed synchronization is established for all participating hosts.

Seamless handover service for continous and synchronized migration of (parts of) running flow graphs to distributed devices, e.g. for handing over media playback from a mobile system to a stationary system.

Distributed peer-to-peer registry service that administrates available devices and software components.

Cross-platform core library running natively on a large number of operating systems.


Traditional client/server streaming consists of two isolated applications that do not provide fine-grained control or extensibility.

Network Multimedia Middleware

NMM as multimedia middleware provides a distributed software layer that eases application developlemt by providing transparent access to all resources within the network, such as devices or software components.


NMM provides an open micro-core architecture that allows for integrating available building blocks.


Distributed flow graphs span across several distributed systems and allow for the easy creation of distributed multimedia applications, e.g. for MP3 playback.

Session sharing allows for dynamically connecting new applications to running applications and thereby enables multi-room multi-device applications.

Seamless handover can be used for the synchronized change of rendering devices, e.g. from a mobile system to a stationary system.