Infoscience

Journal article

Price-based Controller for Utility-aware HTTP Adaptive Streaming

HTTP Adaptive Streaming (HAS) permits to efficiently deliver video to multiple heterogenous users in a fully distributed way. This might however lead to unfair bandwidth utilization among HAS users. Therefore, network-assisted HAS systems have been proposed where network elements operate alongside with the clients adaptation logic for improving users satisfaction. However, current solutions rely on the assumption that network elements have full knowledge of the network status, which is not always realistic. In this work, we rather propose a practical network-assisted HAS system where the network elements infer the network link congestion using measurements collected from the client endpoints, the congestion level signal is then used by the clients to optimize their video data requests. Our novel controller maximizes the overall users satisfaction and the clients share the available bandwidth fairly from a utility perspective, as demonstrated by simulation results obtained on a network simulator.

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