Video on demand services have been increasingly proliferated in the Internet. One popular way to disseminate video files among numerous users is to leverage peer-to-peer (P2P) systems (e.g., BitTorrent). However, BitTorrent is not designed with video streaming requirements and hence suffers from long setup delay. In this paper, the drawbacks of existing P2P-based streaming solutions are analyzed in terms of sequential delivery. Then we propose Waterfall that splits the whole swarm into multiple swarms, which are then cascaded by the scene sequence. In this way, peers in a swarm download the chunks of the same video scene from the peers in the same swarm as well as the ones in the preceding swarm that already moved on to the next scene. The average setup delay and maximum playback rate of Waterfall are analyzed. Experiments from a wide area network testbed reveal that Waterfall achieves two to three times higher playback rate and significantly low setup delay than the prior BitTorrent-based streaming solutions.
- playback rate
- Video streaming
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Computer Networks and Communications