Dynamic load balancing across mirrored multimedia servers

TitleDynamic load balancing across mirrored multimedia servers
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsMatthur A, Mundur P
Conference Name2003 International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, 2003. ICME '03. Proceedings
Date Published2003/07/06/9
ISBN Number0-7803-7965-9
Keywordsclient-server systems, Delay, Internet, load balancing protocols, Load management, media streaming, metropolitan area network, metropolitan area networks, mirrored multimedia servers, Multimedia communication, multimedia servers, network packet loss, Network servers, packet transmission delay, Propagation losses, Protocols, Streaming media, Topology, Traffic control, Web server

The purpose of this paper is to present protocols for efficient load balancing across replicated multimedia servers in a metropolitan area network. Current multimedia infrastructures, even when they use mirrored servers, do not have standardized load balancing schemes. Existing schemes frequently require participation from the clients in balancing the load across the servers efficiently. We propose two protocols in this paper for fair load balancing without any client-side processing being required. Neither protocol requires any change to the network-level infrastructure. Using network packet loss and packet transmission delay as the chief metrics, we show the effectiveness of the protocols through extensive simulations.