A Cooperative User-System Approach for Optimizing Performance in Content Distribution/Delivery Networks

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Executive Summary

Recently, the demand for content delivery in wired/wireless heterogeneous networks is increasing at a rapid pace. Content Distribution/Delivery Networks (CDNs) are considered to be one of the best solutions for dealing with this increasing demand. In this paper, the authors point out that the performance of a CDN typically degrades in such heterogeneous environments due to the changes in not only user demand but also wireless mobility, which triggers unexpected fluctuations in traffic. Wireless users, roaming between different access networks, may contribute to sudden and unexpected demand spikes in certain parts of the content delivery system.

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