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We are interested in providing a media-on-demand streaming service to a large population of clients using a peer-to-peer approach. Since the demands of different clients are asynchronous and the contents of clients' buffers are continuously changing, finding partners with expected data and collaborating with them for future content delivery are very important and challenging problems. In this paper, we propose a generic buffer-assisted search (BAS) scheme to improve partner search efficiency by reducing the size of index overlay. We have also developed a novel scheduling algorithm based on deadline-aware network coding (DNC) to fully exploit network resources by dynamically adjusting the coding window size. Extensive simulation results demonstrate that BAS can provide a faster response time with less control cost than the existing search methods, and DNC improves the network capacity utilization and provides high streaming quality under different network conditions.
Date of Publication: Jan. 2007