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Of packets and people: a user-centered approach to quality of service

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3 Author(s)
Bouch, A. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Univ. Coll. London, UK ; Sasse, M.A. ; deMeer, H.

Multimedia communication has gained increasing attention, both from the application side and the network provider side. While resource provisioning for QoS support in packet switched networks has led to the design and development of sophisticated QoS architectures, notably ATM, IntServ or DiffServ, research has not exactly been user or application-context centered. In the cause of the evolution of QoS architectures, the integrated service network approach has lost momentum, and with it, the notion of QoS guarantees. Differentiation of QoS classes within the DiffServ framework is based on the definition of various per-hop behaviors. What is currently missing is a technique for specification and mapping of application and user QoS preferences onto evolving service profiles. In addition, adaptation of applications (and users) is becoming increasingly important in the face of dominating weak QoS-assurance paradigms, both in wireline and wireless environments. As a prerequisite, this paper investigates cognitive and perceptive conditioning of users and applications in a situated setting. The contribution of this paper is twofold: first, essential empirical results on user QoS preferences and QoS graduations are presented, and second, methodological foundations are laid for investigating user-centered QoS

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Quality of Service, 2000. IWQOS. 2000 Eighth International Workshop on

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2000