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Title: Toward Wi-Fi AP-assisted content prefetching for an on-demand TV series : a learning-based approach
Authors: Hu, Wen
Jin, Yichao
Wen, Yonggang
Wang, Zhi
Sun, Lifeng
Keywords: Engineering::Computer science and engineering
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Hu, W., Jin, Y., Wen, Y., Wang, Z., & Sun, L. (2018). Toward Wi-Fi AP-assisted content prefetching for an on-demand TV series : a learning-based approach. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, 28(7), 1665-1676. doi:10.1109/TCSVT.2017.2684302
Journal: IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology
Abstract: The emergence of smart Wi-Fi access points (AP), which are equipped with huge storage space, opens a new research area on how to utilize these resources at the edge network to improve users' quality of experience (e.g., a short startup delay and smooth playback). One important research interest in this area is content prefetching which predicts and accurately fetches contents ahead of users' requests to shift the traffic away during peak periods. However, in practice, the different video watching patterns among users and the varying network connection status lead to the time-varying server load, which eventually makes the content prefetching problem challenging. To understand this challenge, this paper first performs a large-scale measurement study on users' AP connection and TV series watching patterns using real traces. Then, based on the obtained insights, we formulate the content prefetching problem as a Markov decision process. The objective is to strike a balance between the increased prefetching and storage cost incurred by incorrect prediction and the reduced content download delay because of successful prediction. A learning-based approach is proposed to solve this problem and another three algorithms are adopted as baselines. In particular, first we investigate the performance lower bound by using a random algorithm and the upper bound by using an ideal offline approach. Then, we present a heuristic algorithm as another baseline. Finally, we design a reinforcement learning algorithm that is more practical to work in the online manner. Through extensive trace-based experiments, we demonstrate the performance gain of our design. Remarkably, our learning-based algorithm achieves a better precision and hit ratio (e.g., 80%) with about 70% (resp. 50%) cost saving compared to the random (resp. heuristic) algorithm.
ISSN: 1051-8215
DOI: 10.1109/TCSVT.2017.2684302
Rights: © 2017 IEEE. All rights reserved.
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