Experimental Evaluation of Two-Dimensional Media Scaling Techniques for Internet Videoconferencing

Peter A. Nee, M.Sc. 1997

Technical Report TR97-02
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department of Computer Science
Chapel Hill, NC
August, 1997


Internet Videoconferencing is a desirable application, but difficult to support as it requires performance guarantees. However, the Internet is made up of best-effort networks and will be for some time to come. Best-effort networks are unable to protect distributed, multimedia applications such as videoconferencing from the effects of congestion. End-to-end adaptive scaling methods allow such applications to operate in the absence of network service guarantees. This thesis extends previous work on two-dimensional media scaling, a method that adapts the bit-rate and packet-rate of media streams. We apply two-dimensional scaling to a commercial codec architecture and evaluate the performance in experiments with live Internet traffic. These experiments show some benefits to incorporating two-dimensional scaling in an Internet videoconferencing application, and indicate directions for further work on two-dimensional adaptive methods.

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Last revised Sun Dec 7 11:09:08 EST 1997 by jeffay at cs.unc.edu.