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The use of multicast delivery to provide a scalable and interactive video-on-demand service

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2 Author(s)
Almeroth, K.C. ; Coll. of Comput., Georgia Inst. of Technol., Atlanta, GA, USA ; Ammar, M.H.

In typical proposals for video-on-demand (VoD) systems, customers are serviced individually by allocating and dedicating a transmission channel and a set of server resources to each customer. This approach leads to an expensive to operate, nonscalable system. We consider a VoD system that uses multicast delivery to service multiple customers with a single set of resources. The use of multicast communication requires that part of the on-demand nature of the system be sacrificed to achieve scalability and cost-effectiveness. One drawback to using multicast communication is that it complicates the provision or interactive VCR-style functions. Interactivity can be provided by either increasing the complexity of the customer set-top box (STB) or by modifying the semantics of the interactive functions to make them easier to provide. We describe a framework and mechanisms by which such interactive functions can be incorporated into a multicast delivery VoD system. Through the use of simulation, we evaluate and compare the performance of a unicast VoD system and multicast VoD systems offering various levels of interactivity

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Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal on  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 6 )