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  1. 1. Layered Video for Incentives in P2P Live Streaming Zhengye Liu Yanming Shen Shivendra Panwar Keith W. Ross Yao Wang Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY, USA
  2. 2. File Distribution: BitTorrent obtain list of peers trading chunks tracker peer
  3. 3. BitTorrent: Incentive <ul><li>Question: What is the incentive to provide higher upload rate? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: To get file faster </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation: Tit-for-tat mechanism. Search for trading partners that upload to you at higher rates </li></ul>
  4. 4. BitTorrent: Trading <ul><li>Alice measures rate she receives bits from each neighbor. </li></ul><ul><li>Alice sends chunks to four best neighbors. </li></ul><ul><li>Every 10 seconds, she recalculates rates & possibly modifies set of four peers. </li></ul><ul><li>Every 30 seconds, she “optimistically unchokes” random peer. </li></ul>
  5. 5. BitTorrent: Trading (1) Alice “optimistically unchokes” Bob (2) Alice becomes one of Bob’s top-four providers; Bob reciprocates (3) Bob becomes one of Alice’s top-four providers With higher upload rate, can find better trading partners & get file faster!
  6. 6. Basic idea P2P live streaming trade chunks tracker Source of video obtain list of peers peer
  7. 7. Incentives for Live Streaming <ul><li>Why upload at all? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently no tit-for-tat mechanism in existing deployments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is tit-for-tat a sufficient incentive? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No! Why provide more upload bandwidth if you’re receiving the video at the full rate? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Our main idea: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you upload more, you get better quality. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Layered Video <ul><li>Single layer Video </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All peers receive the same video quality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Layered video </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A video is encoded into several layers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More layers introduce better video quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nested dependence between layers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Higher upload contribution results in better received video quality </li></ul>
  9. 9. Layered Video w/ Tit-for-Tat <ul><li>Generate multiple layers, each divided into layer chunks (LCs) </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange LCs </li></ul><ul><li>Measure download rates from neighbors </li></ul><ul><li>Reciprocate to neighbors based on their contributions </li></ul>
  10. 10. Supplier & Receiver Side Schedulers <ul><li>Supplier: How to allocate uplink bandwidth to neighbors? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BitTorrent roughly gives each unchoked neighbor an equal share. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Receiver: How to maximize the received video quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple LCs are to be requested </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Supplier Side Scheduler <ul><li>Goal: Supply neighbors in proportion to their contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Measure the download rates, d k from neighbor k </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain separate FIFO rqst queue for each neighbor </li></ul><ul><li>Serve neighbor k next with probability: </li></ul>
  12. 12. Receiver Side State <ul><li>Request LCs at beginnings of rounds </li></ul><ul><li>Can request in a window up to B chunks into future </li></ul>
  13. 13. Receiver Side Scheduler (1) <ul><li>Goal: Maximize the received video quality </li></ul><ul><li>Which LC should be requested first? </li></ul><ul><li>Assign heuristic “importance” to each LC, taking into account: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Layer index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Playback deadline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rareness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Request LCs from the highest importance to the lowest importance </li></ul>
  14. 14. Receiver Side Scheduler (2) <ul><li>Where to send the request for the LC? </li></ul><ul><li>Estimate the current delay from each neighbor: </li></ul><ul><li>where m k is # of outstanding requests, r is video rate, Δ is chunk length </li></ul><ul><li>Send request to neighbor that will send it first </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As long as it can come before deadline </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Performance Study: Schemes <ul><li>Single layer video without incentives (Single-Layer) </li></ul><ul><li>Layered video without incentives (Layered) </li></ul><ul><li>MDC with incentives (MDC-Incent) </li></ul><ul><li>Layered video with incentives (Layered-Incent) </li></ul>
  16. 16. System Setup <ul><li>Peers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethernet peer: 1000 kbps; cable peer: 300 kbps; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>free-rider: 0 kbps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fix ratio of Ethernet peers to cable peers: 3:7; change percentage of free-riders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreman video sequence (CIF, 30 frames/sec) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SVC video codec </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20 layers, with each layer having a rate of 50 kbps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overlay </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each peer has 14 to 18 neighbors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Randomly replace worst neighbor every 30 seconds </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Performance Metrics <ul><li>Useful rate received (R) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The bits that are useful for video decoding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discontinuity ratio ( α ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The percentage of time that a video is undecodable and unplayable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Average PSNR (Q) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Received video quality </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Differentiated Service <ul><li>Peers with high upload contributions receive better video quality; </li></ul><ul><li>Peers with low contributions receive relatively low but still acceptable video quality; </li></ul><ul><li>Free-riders receive unacceptable video quality. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Free-Riding <ul><ul><li>Received video quality does not degrade with free-riding </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Conclusion <ul><li>A decentralized incentive mechanism for video streaming </li></ul><ul><li>Performance studies show that the scheme can </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide differentiated video quality commensurate with a peer’s contribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Largely prevents free-riders </li></ul></ul>

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