Benchmarking and performance tuning of multimedia servers

  • Peter Triantafillou
  • Stavros Christodoulakis
  • Theodora Magoulioti
Workshop 18: Parallel and Distributed Database Systems
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1300)


In this paper we study the issues related to the development of a multimedia server benchmark. Multimedia benchmarks can be used to compare the performance of existing multimedia servers and to fine-tune the performance of servers under development. The modeling of multimedia servers includes the modeling of databases, multi-user workloads, user behavior, and the definition of the relevant performance metrics. The proposed benchmark has been implemented and has been used to fine-tune the performance of a multimedia server, called KYDONIA. We present the results of testing KYDONIA and representative instances of fine-tuning KYDONIA's performance.


Compression Scheme Database Object Workload Model Atomic Object Workload Characterization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Triantafillou
    • 1
  • Stavros Christodoulakis
    • 1
  • Theodora Magoulioti
    • 1
  1. 1.MUltimedia Systems Institute of Crete, MU.S.I.C. Department of Electronics and Computer EngineeringTechnical University of Crete, T.U.C. ChaniaCreteGreece

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