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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2007 Vol.8 No.4 P.605~614

10.1631/jzus.2007.A0605


A P2P streaming service architecture with distributed caching


Author(s):  GUO Pan-hong, YANG Yang, LI Xin-you

Affiliation(s):  Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China; more

Corresponding email(s):   guopanhong@tom.com

Key Words:  Cooperative steaming, Peer-to-peer networks, Partial caching scheme, Distributed caching


GUO Pan-hong, YANG Yang, LI Xin-you. A P2P streaming service architecture with distributed caching[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science A, 2007, 8(4): 605~614.

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Abstract: 
Multimedia streaming served through peer-to-peer (P2P) networks is booming nowadays. However, the end-to-end streaming quality is generally unstable due to the variability of the state of serve-peers. On the other hand, proxy caching is a bandwidth-efficient scheme for streaming over the Internet, whereas it is a substantially expensive method needing dedicated powerful proxy servers. In this paper, we present a P2P cooperative streaming architecture combined with the advantages of both P2P networks and multimedia proxy caching techniques to improve the streaming quality of participating clients. In this framework, a client will simultaneously retrieve contents from the server and other peers that have viewed and cached the same title before. In the meantime, the client will also selectively cache the aggregated video content so as to serve still future clients. The associate protocol to facilitate the multi-path streaming and a distributed utility-based partial caching scheme are detailedly discussed. We demonstrate the effectiveness of this proposed architecture through extensive simulation experiments on large, Internet-like topologies.

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