Title Closest playback-point first: A new peer selection algorithm for P2P VoD systems
Peer-to-peer (P2P) based video-on-demand (VoD) streaming service has been gaining popularity recently. Unlike live streaming, a VoD peer always starts its playback from the beginning of a stored video. The playback-points of different peers, as well as the amount of video contents/pieces they cached, depend on when they join the video session, or their viewing ages. As a result, the upload bandwidth of younger peers tends to be underutilized because older peers are not interested in their
... sted in their cached video pieces. The collaborative piece exchange among peers is undermined due to the unbalanced supply and demand. To address this issue, a playback-point based request peer selection algorithm is proposed in this paper. Specifically, when a peer requests a particular video piece, among the set of potential providers, a request is sent to the peer that has the smallest playback-point difference with itself. We call this request peer selection algorithm closest playback-point first (CPF). With CPF, peers with similar available content can be loosely grouped together for a more balanced collaborative piece exchange. Extensive packet-level simulations show that with CPF, the video playback quality is enhanced and the VoD server load is significantly reduced. I.