Performance Evaluation of Multimedia Content Distribution Over Multi-Homed Wireless Networks

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The growing availability of IP based heterogeneous wireless access technologies coupled with the increasing capabilities of mobile devices is creating opportunities for multimedia distribution. Through its multi-homing feature, the ability to support multiple network connections in a single end to end association, the transport layer Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) can enable seamless and transparent communication sessions over multiple heterogeneous networks. This paper analyzes the performance of multimedia distribution when making use of two multi-homing SCTP-based approaches: single path transfer and concurrent multi-path transfer, in which a single or all paths within an association are used simultaneously for data transmission.