Delivering stable high-quality video: An SDN architecture with DASH assisting network elements

Jan Willem Kleinrouweler, Sergio Cabrero, Pablo Cesar

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Dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP (DASH) is a simple, but effective, technology for video streaming over the Internet. It provides adaptive streaming while being highly scalable at the side of the content providers. However, the mismatch between TCP and the adaptive bursty nature of DASH traffic results in underperformance of DASH streams in busy networks. This paper describes a networking architecture based on the Software Defined Networking (SDN) paradigm. Controllers in the network with a broad overview on the network activity provide two mechanisms for adaptation assistance: explicitly signaling target bitrates to DASH players and dynamic traffic control in the network. We evaluate how each of these mechanisms can contribute to the delivery of a stable and high quality stream. It shows that our architecture improves the quality of experience by doubling the video bitrate and reducing disturbing quality switches. As such, this paper contributes insights on how to implement DASH-aware networking that also enables internet service providers, network administrators, and end-users to configure their networks to their requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMMSys'16 Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Multimedia Systems
EditorsC. Timmerer
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450342971
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventMMSys 2016: 7th ACM International Conference on Multimedia Systems - Klagenfurt, Austria
Duration: 10 May 201613 May 2016
Conference number: 7


ConferenceMMSys 2016
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  • Architecture
  • DASH
  • HTTP adaptive streaming
  • Performance
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Video streaming
  • Wi-Fi


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