Managing QoS for multimedia applications in the differentiated services environment

Manish Mahajan, Manish Parashar

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The overall quality of network connections has a significant impact on the performance of networked applications. As a result, Quality-of-Service (QoS) management for networked multimedia applications over IP is a significant and immediate challenge. While differentiated services (DiffServ) provide a sense of resource allocation and QoS, they do not guarantee QoS. This paper presents the design, implementation and evaluation of a content-aware bandwidth broker (CABB) that manages QoS for multimedia applications in a DiffServ environment. CABB allocates network resources to multimedia flows based on client requirements, the adaptability of the application, and its tolerance to network level parameters such as bandwidth, delay, and latency. It has been implemented and evaluated using the NS-2 simulator toolkit. Evaluations show that CABB improves network resource allocations and increases overall throughput. Furthermore multimedia application flows are better managed and controlled, improving perceived QoS and avoiding possible congestion at core routers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-498
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Network and Systems Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Strategy and Management


  • Content Aware Bandwidth Broker (CABB)
  • Diffserv
  • Policies
  • Qos
  • SLA


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