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On the feasibility of a user-operated mobile content distribution network

Psaras, I; Sourlas, V; Shtefan, D; Rene, S; Arumaithurai, M; Kutscher, D; Pavlou, G; (2017) On the feasibility of a user-operated mobile content distribution network. In: Im, M and Gao, Y, (eds.) 2017 IEEE 18th International Symposium on 'A World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WoWMoM)': proceedings. IEEE Green open access

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Abstract

The vast majority of mobile data transfers today follow the traditional client-server model. Although in the fixed network P2P approaches have been exploited and shown to be very efficient, in the mobile domain there has been limited attempt to leverage on P2P (D2D) for large-scale content distribution (i.e., not DTN-like, point-to-point message transfers). In this paper, we explore the potential of a user-operated, smartphone-centric content distribution model for smartphone applications. In particular, we assume source nodes that are updated directly from the content provider (e.g., BBC, CNN), whenever updates are available; destination nodes are then directly updated by source nodes in a D2D manner. We leverage on sophisticated information-aware and application-centric connectivity techniques to distribute content between mobile devices in densely-populated urban environments. Our target is to investigate the feasibility of an opportunistic content distribution network in an attempt to achieve widespread distribution of heavy content (e.g., video files) to the majority of the destination nodes. We propose ubiCDN as a ubiquitous, user-operated and distributed CDN for mobile applications.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: On the feasibility of a user-operated mobile content distribution network
Event: 2017 IEEE 18th International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile, and Multimedia Networks, 12-15 June 2017, Macau, China
ISBN-13: 9781538627235
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/WoWMoM.2017.7974295
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1109/WoWMoM.2017.7974295
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: mobile video distribution, D2D, Wi-Fi Direct, Wireless fidelity, Mobile communication, Device-to-device communication, Streaming media, Mobile computing, YouTube, Mobile handsets
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1571982
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