Redesigning Multi-Channel P2P Live Video Systems With View-Upload Decoupling

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In current multi-channel P2P live video systems, there are several fundamental performance problems including exceedingly-large channel switching delays, long playback lags, and poor performance for less popular channels. These performance problems primarily stem from two intrinsic characteristics of multi-channel P2P video systems: channel churn and channel-resource imbalance. In this paper, the authors propose a radically different cross-channel P2P streaming framework, called View-Upload Decoupling (VUD). VUD strictly decouples peer downloading from uploading, bringing stability to multi-channel systems and enabling cross-channel resource sharing. They propose a set of peer assignment and bandwidth allocation algorithms to properly provision bandwidth among channels, and introduce sub-stream-swarming to reduce the bandwidth overhead.