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Title: On improving the throughput of media delivery applications in heterogenous overlay network
Authors: Zhao, Jin
Yang, Fan
Zhang, Qian
Zhang, Zhensheng
Keywords: Overlay multicast
Network coding
Issue Date: Nov-2006
Citation: Proceedings IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 06, San Francisco, California, USA, 27 Nov.-1 Dec. 2006
Abstract: Overlay multicast is becoming increasingly popular for multimedia delivery over Internet. The available bandwidths between sender and different receivers are generally heterogeneous. In this paper, we propose a scheme to improve the throughput of a media delivery session with heterogeneous receivers by organizing the receivers into layered data distribution meshes and sending substreams to each mesh using layered coding. Our solution utilizes alternative paths and network coding in each mesh. We first formulate the problem into a mathematical programming, whose optimal solution requires global information. We therefore present a distributed heuristic algorithm. The heuristic progressively organizes the receivers into layered meshes. Each receiver can subscribe to a proper number of meshes to maximize its throughput by fully utilizing its available bandwidth. The benefits of organizing the topology into layered mesh and using network coding are demonstrated through extensive simulations. Numerical results indicate that the average throughput of a media delivery session is significantly improved.
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