Design and Configuration Rationales for Digital Video Storage and Delivery Systems


Recent advances in computing technology have brought multimedia information processing to prominence. The ability to digitize, store, retrieve, process, and transport analog information in digital form has changed the dimensions of information handling. Several architectural and network configurations have been proposed for efficient and reliable digital video delivery systems. However, these proposals succeed only in addressing subsets of the whole problem. In this paper, we discuss the characteristics of video services. These include Cable Television, Pay-Per-View, and Video Repository Centers. We also discuss requirements for “Video On Demand” services. With respect to these video services, we analyze two important video properties: image quality and response time. We discuss and present configurations of a Digital Video Delivery System (DVDS) from three general system components - servers, clients, and connectivities. Pertinent issues in developing each component are also analyzed. We also present an architecture of a DVDS that can support the various functionalities that exist in the various video services. Lastly, we discuss data allocation strategies which impact performance of interactive video on demand (IVOD). We present preliminary results from a study using a limited form of mirroring to support high performance IVOD.

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Orji, C.U., Adjeroh, D.A., Bobbie, P.O. et al. Design and Configuration Rationales for Digital Video Storage and Delivery Systems. Multimedia Tools and Applications 6, 5–32 (1998).

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  • video services
  • video delivery
  • video storage
  • video-on-demand
  • video servers
  • delivery systems
  • data allocation