Jitter regulation for multiple streams

David Hay*, Gabriel Scalosub

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For widely-used interactive communication, it is essential that traffic is kept as smooth as possible; the smoothness of a traffic is typically captured by its delay jitter, i.e., the difference between the maximal and minimal end-to-end delays. The task of minimizing the jitter is done by jitter regulators that use a limited-size buffer in order to shape the traffic. In many real-life situations regulators must handle multiple streams simultaneously and provide low jitter on each of them separately. This paper investigates the problem of minimizing jitter in such an environment, using a fixed-size buffer. We show that the offline version of the problem can be solved in polynomial time, by introducing an efficient offline algorithm that finds a release schedule with optimal jitter. When regulating M streams in the online setting, we take a competitive analysis point of view and note that previous results in [1] can be extended to an online algorithm that uses a buffer of size 2M B and obtains the optimal jitter possible with a buffer of size B. The question arises whether such a resource augmentation is essential. We answer this question in the affirmative, by proving a lower bound that is tight up to a factor of 2, thus showing that jitter regulation does not scale well as the number of streams increases unless the buffer is sized-up proportionally.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)496-507
Number of pages12
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event13th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms, ESA 2005 - Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Duration: 3 Oct 20056 Oct 2005


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