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Using HTTP Pipelining to Improve Progressive Download over Multiple Heterogeneous Interfaces

DOI: 10.1109/ICC.2010.5502574 Conference: Communications (ICC), 2010 IEEE International Conference on
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ABSTRACT Today, mobile devices like laptops and cell phones often come equipped with multiple network interfaces, enabling clients to simultaneously connect to independent access networks. Even though applications, such as multimedia streaming and video-on-demand delivery systems, could potentially benefit greatly from the aggregated bandwidth, implementation and standardization challenges have so far hindered the deployment of multilink solutions. Previously, we have explored the benefits of collaboratively using multiple Internet connections to progressively download and play back large multimedia files. In this paper, we present an improved version of our approach that utilizes HTTP's capability of request pipelining in combination with range retrieval requests. While, in our earlier work, the optimal choice of file segmentation size presented a tradeoff between throughput and startup latency, the enhanced solution is able to overcome this tradeoff. The use of very small segments no longer impairs the efficiency of throughput aggregation, which additionally makes our solution robust against link variances and agnostic to network heterogeneity.

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