Abstract: Two recent techniques -- patching and hierarchical multicast stream merging (HMSM) for multicast delivery of streaming media can both provide immediate service to each client request and reduce server bandwidth. This paper propose two analytical models to estimate the client balking probability in case that clients leave the system without receiving service when no idle streams are available, and the client mean waiting time in case that clients wait for a stream to become available. Using these two models, we can evaluate and compare the performance of the different VOD delivery protocols.
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