Networking

A Load Balanced PC-Cluster for Video-On-Demand Server Systems

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Executive Summary

Video-On-Demand (VOD) is one of the hottest and the most potential services of the broadband network applications. In order to offer the video-information service to numerous users nowadays, in this paper, a load balanced PC-Cluster for the VOD server system has been proposed. The authors adopt Two-Tier model in the systematic architecture, and use the PC-Cluster to be the storage system of the VOD server. The load balancing mechanism is based on the Least-Connection-First algorithm. Furthermore, a video placement strategy is also proposed in this paper to share and balance the loads among video servers in the cluster.

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