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Cost-based cache replacement and server selection for multimedia proxy across wireless Internet

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4 Author(s)
Qian Zhang ; Microsoft Res. Asia, Beijing, China ; Zhe Xiang ; Wenwu Zhu ; Lixin Gao

Multimedia proxy plays an important role in multimedia streaming over wireless Internet. Since wireless network exhibits different characteristics from the Internet, multimedia proxy caching over wireless Internet faces additional challenges. In this paper, we present a study of cache replacement for a single server and server selection for multiple servers across wireless Internet. By considering multiple objectives of multimedia proxy, we design a unified cost metric to measure proxy performance in wireless Internet. Based on the defined unified cost metric, we propose a novel replacement algorithm for single-server and a new server-selection policy for multiple servers to improve the end-to-end performance such as throughput, media quality, and start-up latency. To effectively handle errors occurred on wireless link, channel-adaptive unequal error protection is deployed according to distinct quality of service requirements of layered or scalable media. Simulation results demonstrate that our approaches achieve significantly better performance than the known cache-replacement algorithms and sever selection schemes, respectively.

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IEEE Transactions on Multimedia  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 4 )