Resource-Aware Multimedia Content Delivery: A Gambling Approach

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Executive Summary

In this paper, the authors propose a resource-aware solution to achieving reliable and scalable stream diffusion in a probabilistic model, i.e., where communication links and processes are subject to message losses and crashes, respectively. Their solution is resource-aware in the sense that it limits the memory consumption, by strictly scoping the knowledge each process has about the system, and the bandwidth available to each process, by assigning a fixed quota of messages to each process. They describe their approach as gambling in the sense that it consists in accepting to give up on a few processes sometimes, in the hope to better serve all processes most of the time.

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