On the Limit of Fountain MDC Codes for Video Peer-To-Peer Networks

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Smith, Guillaume; Tournoux, Pierre-Ugo; Boreli, Roksana; Lacan, Jerome; Lochin, Emmanuel


2012-06-25


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IEEE WoWMoM Workshop on Video Everywhere


San Francisco, USA


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Video streaming for heterogeneous types of devices, where nodes have different devices characteristics in terms of computational capacity and display, is usually handled by encoding the video with different qualities. This is not well suited for Peer-To-Peer (P2P) systems, as a single peer group can only share content of the same quality, thus limiting the peer group size and efficiency. To address this problem, several existing works propose the use of Multiple Descriptions Coding (MDC). The concept of this type of video codec is to split a video in a number of descriptions which can be used on their own, or aggregated to improve the global quality of the video. Unfortunately existing MDC codes are not flexible, as the video is split in a defined number of descriptions. In this paper, we focus on the practical feasibility of using a Fountain MDC code with properties similar to existing Fountain erasure codes, including the ability to create any number of descriptions when needed (on the fly). We perform simulations using selected pictures to assess the feasibility of using these codes, knowing that they should improve the availability of the video pieces in a P2P system and hence the video streaming quality. We observe that, although this idea seems promising, the evaluated benefits, demonstrated by the PSNR values, are limited when used in a real P2P video streaming system.


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Smith, Guillaume; Tournoux, Pierre-Ugo; Boreli, Roksana; Lacan, Jerome; Lochin, Emmanuel. On the Limit of Fountain MDC Codes for Video Peer-To-Peer Networks.[Conference Material]. 2012-06-25. <a href="http://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/100351?index=1" target="_blank">http://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/100351?index=1</a>



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