An Optimal Broadcasting Protocol for Mobile Video-on-Demand

Hung, R.Y.S. and Ting, H.F.

    The advance of wireless and mobile technology introduces a new type of Video-on-Demand (VOD) systems, namely the mobile VOD systems, that provide VOD services to mobile clients. It is a challenge to design broadcasting protocols for such systems because of the following special requirements: (1) fixed maximum bandwidth requirement: the maximum bandwidth required for broadcasting a video should be fixed and independent of the number of requests, (2) load adaptivity: the total bandwidth should be dependent on the number of requests; the fewer the requests the smaller the total bandwidth usage, and (3) clients sensitivity: the system should be able to support clients with a wide range of heterogeneous capabilities. In the literature, there are some partial solutions that give protocols meeting one or two of the above requirements. In this paper, we give the first protocol that meets all of the three requirements. The performance of our protocol is optimal up to a small constant factor.
Cite as: Hung, R.Y.S. and Ting, H.F. (2007). An Optimal Broadcasting Protocol for Mobile Video-on-Demand. In Proc. Thirteenth Computing: The Australasian Theory Symposium (CATS2007), Ballarat, Australia. CRPIT, 65. Gudmundsson, J. and Jay, B., Eds. ACS. 79-84.
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