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Title: Design, analysis, and implementation of an agent driven pull-based distributed video-on-demand system
Authors: Veeravalli, B. 
Chen, L.
Kwoon, H.Y.
Whee, G.K.
Lai, S.Y.
Hian, L.P.
Chow, H.C.
Keywords: Agent driven
Jini service
Retrieval strategy
Issue Date: Jan-2006
Citation: Veeravalli, B., Chen, L., Kwoon, H.Y., Whee, G.K., Lai, S.Y., Hian, L.P., Chow, H.C. (2006-01). Design, analysis, and implementation of an agent driven pull-based distributed video-on-demand system. Multimedia Tools and Applications 28 (1) : 89-118. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The problem of employing multiple servers to serve a pool of clients on a network based multimedia service is addressed. We have designed and practically implemented a prototype system employing multiple servers to render a long duration movie to the customers. We have employed a multiple server retrieval strategy proposed in the literature [39] to realize this system. In the system, server coordination, client behavior and service facilities are completely controlled by an Agent based approach in which we have used the recent Jini technology. Several issues, ranging from data retrieval from individual server, behavior of the underlying network infrastructure, to client management and resource (client buffers) management, are considered in this implementation. We describe in detail our experiences in this complete design process of every module in the software architecture, its purpose, and working style. Further, the system is shown to be robust amidst unpredictable failures, i.e., in the event of server crashes. The load balancing capability is built-in as a safe guard measure to assure a continuous presentation. We present a comprehensive discussion on the software architecture to realize this working system and present our experiences. A system comprising a series of Pentium III PCs on a fast Ethernet network is built as a test-bed. Through this prototype, a wider scope of research challenges ahead are highlighted as possible extensions. © Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006.
Source Title: Multimedia Tools and Applications
ISSN: 13807501
DOI: 10.1007/s11042-006-5116-7
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