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Title: A buffer-inventory-based dynamic scheduling algorithm for multimedia-on-demand servers
Authors: Pan, H.
Ngoh, L.H. 
Lazar, A.A.
Keywords: Buffer inventory
Disk scheduling
Multimedia capacity region
Multimedia-on-demand server
Quality of service
Issue Date: 1998
Citation: Pan, H.,Ngoh, L.H.,Lazar, A.A. (1998). A buffer-inventory-based dynamic scheduling algorithm for multimedia-on-demand servers. Multimedia Systems 6 (2) : 125-135. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We present a producer-consumer model of multimedia-on-demand (MOD) servers. The producer retrieves media data from a disk and places it into a set of buffers, while the consumer sends out the data in the buffers to the users. We develop for the producer a buffer-inventory-based dynamic scheduling (BIDS) algorithm that guarantees non-zero inventory and non-overflow of data in the buffers to meet the continuity requirement and no-loss of data for each media stream. The algorithm can deal with heterogeneous me dia streams as well as the transient circumstances upon service completions and arrivals of new requests. To smooth out the impact of bursty data of variable-bit-rate media streams and therefore increase the maximum admissible load of requests, we also introduce into the scheduling scheme a time-scale-dependent peak consumption rate and a virtual cycle time. Based on BIDS, an effective admission control mechanism can be easily established by checking two simple conditions respectively on the overall system load and buffer size. Our algorithm is very easy to implement. Experiments carried out with an actual disk system and real video stream data verify that it is more robust compared to static scheduling algorithms previously proposed in the literature, especially when handling variable-bit-rate media streams.
Source Title: Multimedia Systems
ISSN: 09424962
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