Resource Discovery and Request-Redirection for Dynamic Load Sharing in Multi-Provider Peering Content Delivery Networks

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Executive Summary

A constellation of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), termed as peering CDNs, endeavors to guarantee adequate delivery performance when the incoming request load is overwhelming for a single provider alone. Each user is served by an optimal Web server in terms of network cost, even under heavy load conditions. Before it could be comprehended, appropriate resource discovery and request-redirection mechanisms, coupled with an optimal server selection strategy, should be in place to perform the distribution of highly skewed loads. In this paper, the authors devise an effective load distribution strategy by adopting distributed resource discovery and dynamic request-redirection mechanisms, taking traffic load and network proximity into account.

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