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In this paper, an exception-based programming
paradigm is envisioned to deal with timing constraints violations occurring in soft real-time and multimedia applications written in the C language. In order to prove viability of the approach, a mechanism allowing to use such paradigm has been designed and implemented as an open-source library of C macros making use of the standard POSIX API (a few Linux-specific optimizations are also briefly discussed).
The envisioned approach has been validated by modifying mplayer, one of the most widely used multimedia player for Linux, so as to use the introduced library. Experimental results demonstrate how the exception-based paradigm is effective in improving the audio/video delay exhibited by the player.