Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 167–191

An Approach to Quality of Service Management in Distributed Multimedia Application: Design and an Implementation

  • Abdelhakim Hafid
  • Gregor v. Bochmann

DOI: 10.1023/A:1009680223972

Cite this article as:
Hafid, A. & Bochmann, G.v. Multimedia Tools and Applications (1999) 9: 167. doi:10.1023/A:1009680223972


Most work related to quality of service (QoS) is concerned with individual system components, such as the operating system or the network. However, to support distributed multimedia applications, the entire distributed system must participate in providing the guaranteed performance levels. In recognition of this, a number of QoS architectures have been proposed to provide QoS guarantees. The mechanisms and schemes proposed by those architectures are used in a rather static manner since the involved entities, e.g., the network, sender and receiver, are known before the connection (call) set-up phase. In contrast to these architectures, we propose a general QoS management framework which supports the dynamic choice of a configuration of system components to support the QoS requirements for the user of a specific application. We consider different possible system configurations and select the most appropriate one depending on the desired QoS and the available resources. In this paper we present an overview of this general framework; especially, we concentrate on QoS negotiation and adaptation mechanisms. To show the feasibility of this approach, we designed and implemented a QoS manager for distributed multimedia presentational applications, such as news-on-demand. The negotiation and adaptation mechanisms which are supported by the QoS manager are specializations of the general framework. The proposed framework allows to improve the utilization of system resources, and thus to increase the system availability; it also allows to recover automatically, if this is possible, from QoS degradations. Furthermore, it provides the flexibility to incorporate different resource reservation schemes and scheduling policies, and to accommodate new system component technologies.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdelhakim Hafid
    • 1
  • Gregor v. Bochmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer Research Institute of MontrealMontreal (Qc)Canada
  2. 2.Dept.d'Informatique et de Recherche Operationnelle (DIRO)Université de MontréalMontréalCanada