BBGDASH: A Max-Min Bounded Bitrate Guidance for SDN Enabled Adaptive Video Streaming
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The increase in video traffic and the end-user demands for high-quality videos have triggered academia and industry to find novel mechanisms for media distribution. Among the available streaming services, HTTP adaptive streaming (HAS) is being the de facto standard for multi-bitrate streaming. Recent studies show that the bitrate adaptation of client-driven HAS applications is challenging due to the fact that they are based on locally taken decisions for adapting the quality of the received video. Software-defined networking (SDN) has emerged as a new network paradigm to provide centralised management. The programmability and flexibility of SDN can be utilised to enhance the delivery of video over the Internet. In this paper, we present a novel and scalable network-assisted approach (denoted BBGDASH) that identifies the boundary range of the requested bitrate levels while preserving the final quality adaptation at the client. Experimental results demonstrate the potential of the proposed approach for delivering the video over SDN-enabled networks.