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An energy efficient http adaptive streaming protocol design for mobile hand-held devices



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Internet traffic generated from mobile devices has experienced a huge growth in the last few years. With the increasing popularity of streaming applications in mobile devices, video traffic generated from mobile devices is also increasing. One of the big challenges of streaming applications on mobile devices is the energy intensive behaviour of such applications. Energy management has always been a critical issue for mobile devices. A wireless network interface consumes a significant portion of the total system energy while active. During video streaming, the network interface is kept awake for a long period of time. This causes a large energy drain. There are several research works focused on reducing energy consumption during video streaming on mobile devices. HTTP adaptive streaming is gaining popularity as a method of video delivery because of its significant advantages in terms of both user-perceived quality and resource utilization. By using rate adaptation via changes in the requested video version, it adapts to varying network available capacity. There are several research work that aim to increase the performance of rate adaptation. None of the previous works have focused on reducing energy consumption during HTTP adaptive streaming. In this thesis, an energy efficient HTTP adaptive streaming protocol is designed. The new protocol uses an efficient buffer management approach and a three step bitrate selection mechanism. The proposed protocol is implemented by modifying the Adobe OSMF player version 1.6. Performance evaluation of the new protocol is carried out by running a number of experiments in both a lab environment and three real world environments. The experimental results show that the proposed protocol is able to achieve high amounts of sleep time (by more than an estimated 70% for WiFi and more than 35% for 3G/EDGE) and reduce energy consumption during data transfer. It can also reduce data wastage by 80% in case of playback interruption in the video playback.



Energy efficiency, Mobile devices, HTTP adaptive streaming



Master of Science (M.Sc.)


Computer Science


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