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Distributing Streaming Media Content using Cooperative Networking

Venkata N. Padmanabhan, Helen J. Wang, Philip A. Chou, and Kunwadee Sripanidkulchai


In this paper, we discuss the problem of distributing streamingfl media content, both live and on-demand, to a large numberfl of hosts in a scalable way. Our work is set in the context offl the traditional client-server framework. Specifically, we considerfl the problem that arises when the server is overwhelmedfl by the volume of requests from its clients. As a solution,fl we propose Cooperative Networking (CoopNet), where clientsfl cooperate to distribute content, thereby alleviating the loadfl on the server. We discuss the proposed solution in some detail,fl pointing out the interesting research issues that arise,fl and present a preliminary evaluation using traces gatheredfl at a busy news site during the flash crowd that occurred onfl September 11, 2001.


Publication typeInproceedings
Published inInt'l Workshop on Network and Operating Systems Support for Digital Audio and Video (NOSSDAV)
AddressMiami Beach, FL
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc.
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