Prioritized admission strategies to improve user-perceived performance in interactive VOD servers

TitlePrioritized admission strategies to improve user-perceived performance in interactive VOD servers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsHamidzadeh, B., and T. P. J. To
JournalMultimedia Tools and Applications

In the past, much emphasis has been given to the data throughput of VOD servers. In Interactive Video-on-Demand (IVOD) applications, such as digital libraries, service availability and response times are more visible to the user than the underlying data throughput. Data throughput is a measure of how efficiently resources are utilized. Higher throughput may be achieved at the expense of deteriorated user-perceived performance metrics such as probability of admission and queuing delay prior to admission. In this paper, we propose and evaluate a number of strategies to sequence the admission of pending video requests. Under different request arrival rates and buffer capacities, we measure the probability of admission, queueing delay and data throughput of each strategy. Results of our experiments show that simple hybrid strategies can improve the number of admitted requests and reduce the queuing time, without jeopardizing the data throughput. The techniques we propose are independent of the underlying disk scheduling techniques used. So, they can be employed to improve the user-perceived performance of VOD servers, in general.

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