AuthorsT. Kupka, C. Griwodz and P. Halvorsen
EditorsA. J. Pfeifer
TitleAn Evaluation of Live Adaptive HTTP Segment Streaming Request Strategies
AfilliationCommunication Systems, Communication Systems
Publication TypeProceedings, refereed
Year of Publication2011
Conference NameProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN)
Date PublishedOctober
ISBN Number978-1-61284-927-0

Nowadays, several live and on-demand streaming solutions use HTTP for signaling and data delivery. A frequently used technique is to chop a continuous stream into segments, encode these in multiple qualities and make these available for download using plain HTTP methods. This approach has become known as dynamic adaptive segment streaming over HTTP. Its advantage is that the deployed web infrastructure is easily reused, even for live segment streaming. In this case, however, it is not strictly bulk traffic. We show in this paper, that the streaming source is essentially an on-off source. Furthermore, this paper analyzes several client-controlled segment request strategies for live adaptive HTTP segment streaming. We present experimental results showing the benefits and drawbacks of each strategy with respect to achieved video quality, smoothness of playback and end-to-end delay. We show that it matters how clients request segments. The results indicate strongly that synchronization of client requests has a negative impact on router queues and leads to increased packet loss, and should thus be avoided to achieve a high goodput.

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