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QoS-based real-time audio streaming in IPv6 networks
Author(s): Stefan Schmid; Andrew C. Scott; David Hutchison; Konrad Froitzheim
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Paper Abstract

Live audio streaming is an important component of Internet multimedia. The currently deployed Internet offers poor support for such streams due to the lack of QoS capabilities. However, IPv6, the new Internet Protocol has now included provision for QoS. The introduction of a flow label in the protocol header is intended to enable classification of packets according to their destination and service. Reservation protocols such as RSVP can make use of this stream identifier to reserve resources for particular streams in the routers along the transport path. This paper explores the effectiveness of resource reservation in IPv6 networks for live audio streaming. An important area for investigation is whether there is an efficiency gain due to the employment of low level flow labels. The paper summarizes the result of our extensive measurements and comparisons with currently deployed technologies. Specific attention is paid to the performance characteristics of real time applications, notably the delay, jitter and bandwidth. The results are based on a specially developed audio streaming application which enables RSVP over IPv6 using flow labels. Since the integration of RSVP in IPv6 is still work-in-progress, we had to modify the currently available RSVP implementation in order to access the IPv6 flow label. For audio data transport, we use the real-time transport protocol (RTP). The real-time transport control protocol, known as the feedback channel of RTP, forms with its receiver reports the basis of our benchmark tests.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3529, Internet Routing and Quality of Service, (16 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.333701
Show Author Affiliations
Stefan Schmid, Univ. of Lancaster (United Kingdom)
Andrew C. Scott, Univ. of Lancaster (United Kingdom)
David Hutchison, Univ. of Lancaster (United Kingdom)
Konrad Froitzheim, Univ. of Ulm (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3529:
Internet Routing and Quality of Service
Raif O. Onvural; Seyhan Civanlar; Paul J. Doolan; Seyhan Civanlar; Paul J. Doolan; James V. Luciani; James V. Luciani, Editor(s)

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