Thunder crystal: a novel crowdsourcing-based content distribution platform

Liang Chen, Yipeng Zhou, Mi Jing, Richard T. B. Ma

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Abstract

Content distribution, especially the distribution of video content, unavoidably consumes bandwidth resource heavily. Internet content providers (ICP) spend lots of money to buy content distribution network (CDN) service. By deploying thousands of edge servers close to end users, CDN companies are able to distribute content efficiently. In lieu of traditional CDN systems, we implement a crowdsourcing-based content distribution system, Thunder Crystal, which utilizes agents' upload bandwidth to amplify the content distribution capacity. Agents are well motivated to contribute storage and upload bandwidth to the system by rebated cash. As far as we know, this is a novel system that has not been studied before. In this work, we will present its design principles first. Then, we study agent behavior and methods to evaluate system efficiency and user efficiency. We evaluate the system by simulations, and observe that agents are well motivated to keep online most of the time and amplify the content distribution capacity by 10~20 times.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th ACM Workshop on Network and Operating Systems Support for Digital Audio and Video
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages43-48
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333528
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event25th ACM Workshop on Network and Operating Systems Support for Digital Audio and Video, NOSSDAV 2015 - Portland, United States
Duration: 18 Mar 201520 Mar 2015

Conference

Conference25th ACM Workshop on Network and Operating Systems Support for Digital Audio and Video, NOSSDAV 2015
CountryUnited States
CityPortland
Period18/03/1520/03/15

Keywords

  • Crowdsourcing
  • Content Distribution Networking

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