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Fine-Grained Scalable Video Caching for Heterogeneous Clients

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3 Author(s)
Jiangchuan Liu ; Sch. of Comput. Sci., Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby, BC ; Jianliang Xu ; Xiaowen Chu

Much research has focused on caching adaptive videos to improve system performance for heterogeneous clients with diverse access bandwidths. However, existing rate-adaptive caching systems, which are based on layered coding or transcoding, often suffer from a coarse adaptation and/or a high computation overhead. In this paper, we propose an innovative rate-adaptive caching framework that enables low-cost and fine-grained adaptation by using MPEG-4 fine-grained scalable videos. The proposed framework is both network-aware and media-adaptive; i.e., the clients can be of heterogeneous streaming rates, and the backbone bandwidth consumption can be adaptively controlled. We develop efficient cache management schemes to determine the best contents to cache and the optimal streaming rate to each client under the framework. We demonstrate via simulations that, compared to nonadaptive caching, the proposed framework with the optimal cache management not only achieves a significant reduction in the data transmission cost, but also enables a flexible utility assignment for the heterogeneous clients. Our results also show that the framework maintains a low computational overhead, which implies that it is practically deployable

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Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 5 )