Summary: Performance Evaluation 49 (2002) 429449
Multi-path continuous media streaming: what are the benefits?
L. Golubchika,,1, J.C.S. Luib, T.F. Tungb, A.L.H. Chowb, W.-J. Leec,
G. Franceschinisd, C. Anglanod
Computer Science Department, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, MD, USA
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Avanzate, Universitą del Piemonte Orientale, Italy
Quality of service (QoS) in delivery of continuous media (CM) over the Internet is still relatively poor and inconsistent.
Although many such applications can tolerate some degree of missing information, significant losses degrade an application's
QoS. In this paper, we investigate the potential benefits of mitigating this problem through the exploitation of multiple paths
existing in the network between a set of senders and a receiver of CM. Our focus in this work is on providing a fundamental
understanding of the benefits of using multiple paths to deliver CM over best-effort wide-area networks. Specifically, we
consider pre-recorded CM applications and use the following metrics in evaluating the performance of multi-path streaming as