Utility-aware resource allocation for multi-stream overlay multicast

Ji Xu*, Jiangchuan Liu, Hsiao Hwa Chen, Xiaowen CHU

*Corresponding author for this work

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Overlay multicast, which performs topology construction and data relaying in the application layer, has recently emerged as a promising vehicle for data distribution. In most of the existing systems, only a single stream is assumed for each overlay, and multiple streams, if needed, are distributed separately. In addition, while the overlay node performs relay functions, they generally do not filter the content to match the heterogeneous bandwidth constraints. We consider a more general model, in which a multicast session may consist of multiple data streams, such as video and audio, which are to be delivered to the same set of nodes. The services to these steams are elastic through layer dropping, shaping, or transcoding. In this paper, we focus on an important resource allocation problem in such an adaptive multi-stream multicast framework: Assume that each stream has an associated utility function, how to maximize the total utility of all the streams in a multicast session. The problem involves optimization not only in individual nodes, but also in the global overlay structure. We show that, given a total bandwidth of the streams, there is an efficient and optimal solution for the allocation problem at a single node. The problem however can be much more complicated in a hierarchical structure like tree. Yet we show that, if the utility is concave with bandwidth, i.e., the marginal improvement diminishes with bandwidth increase, then the upstream constraint can be ignored and a local optimal solution is simply the global optimal solution.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC'07
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2007 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC'07 - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Jun 200728 Jun 2007

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)0536-1486


Conference2007 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC'07
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow, Scotland

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

User-Defined Keywords

  • Application-layer multicast
  • Overlay networks
  • Resource allocation
  • Utility


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