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Columbia InterNet Extensible Multimedia Architecture

CINEMA is a set of SIP-based Internet multimedia servers for creating an enterprise Internet telephony and multimedia system.

A technical report describes the overall system architecture. A high-level summary, Towards Junking the PBX: Deploying IP Telephony, Wenyu Jiang, Jonathan Lennox, Henning Schulzrinne and Kundan Singh, was published at NOSSDAV 2001, Port Jefferson, New York, June 2001 and updated as Integrating Internet Telephony Services in Internet Computing, May 2002.

CINEMA consists of
sipd sipd SIP proxy, redirect and registrar server
sipconf sipconf SIP multimedia conferencing server
sipum sipum SIP voicemail/unified messaging server
sip323 sip323 SIP-H.323 protocol translator
rtspd rtspd RTSP media server

Note: The Java SIP library is not yet available for distribution. We are working on it to make it available soon, but no concrete date has been fixed yet. A brief overview is available at this page. We will put appropriate note on this page as soon as it is available.

Latest version is cinema-1.22, released on Dec 30, 2002.

  • For licensing information, please contact SIPquest. Unfortunately, research licenses for CINEMA are unavailable until further notice.
  • Installation instructions and user manuals
  • Frequently asked questions.
  • System requirements:
    • For Windows: We recommend Windows 2000, but the software also works with Windows NT 4.0
    • Unix: any standard Solaris (5.8), Linux (e.g., RedHat 6.2, with RedHat 7.1 or later recommended), FreeBSD (4.3)
    • 64 MB or above of RAM
    • At least 200 MB of hard disk space for binary installation, an additional 600-700 MB for source installation if VC6.0 is not already installed
    • gcc for Unix source installation, VC6.0 for Windows source installation
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  • This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0202063. Opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

    Supported by National Science Foundation SIPquest