Simple loss differentiation approach to layered multicast

R. Gopalakrishnan, James Griffioen, Gisli Hjalmtysson, Cormac J. Sreenan, Su Wen

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Layered multicast is a promising technique for broadcasting adaptive-quality TV video to heterogeneous receivers. While several layered multicast approaches have been proposed, prior work has identified several problems including significant and persistent instability in video quality, arbitrary unfairness with other sessions, low access link utilization due to conservative bandwidth allocation, and problems with receiver synchronization. In this paper we propose a new layered multicast scheme, where we exploit a simple, coarse-grained, two-tier loss differentiation architecture to achieve stable and fair bandwidth allocation for viewers. Despite the simplicity of our loss differentiation model, we show that it achieves most of the benefits of complex and costly priority dropping schemes. In addition, our protocol is receiver-driven and thus retains the incentives to limit bandwidth usage that are not present in existing priority dropping schemes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-469
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
StatePublished - 2000
Event19th Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies - IEEE INFOCOM2000: 'Reaching the Promised Land of Communications' - Tel Aviv, Isr
Duration: Mar 26 2000Mar 30 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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