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Distributed video streaming over Internet
Author(s): Thinh P. Nguyen; Avideh Zakhor
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Paper Abstract

With the explosive growth of video applications over the Internet, many approaches have been proposed to stream video effectively over packet switched, best-effort networks. A number of these use techniques from source and channel coding, or implement transport protocols, or modify system architectures in order to deal with delay, loss, and time-varying nature of the Internet. In this paper, we propose a framework for streaming video from multiple senders simultaneously to a single receiver. The main motivation in doing so is to exploit path diversity in order to achieve higher throughput, and to increase tolerance to packet loss and delay due to network congestion. In this framework, we propose a receiver-driven transport protocol to coordinate simultaneous transmissions of video from multiple senders. Our protocol employs two algorithms: rate allocation and packet partition. The rate allocation algorithm determines sending rate for each sender to minimize the packet loss, while the packet partition algorithm minimizes the probability of packets arriving late. Using NS and actual Internet experiments, we demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed distributed transport protocol in terms of the overall packet loss rate, and compare its performance against a na*ve distributed protocol.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 December 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4673, Multimedia Computing and Networking 2002, (10 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.449979
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Thinh P. Nguyen, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Avideh Zakhor, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4673:
Multimedia Computing and Networking 2002
Martin G. Kienzle; Prashant J. Shenoy, Editor(s)

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