Stay or Go? Participation in Under-Provisioned Video Streams


We consider the problem of choosing whether or not to participate in a video streaming session under the condition that there is insufficient upload capacity to serve all peers. We explore the connections between this problem and that of market entry. The fundamental difference arises from a lack of a centralized coordinator. In end-system multicast, peers’ decisions must be based on local policy and observations. We find that careful selection of local policy—specifically, the pairwise trading policy among peers—assists in not only finding the equilibrium of market entry, but can also improve the equilibrium by increasing the number of entrants.

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@inproceedings{Levin2009StayOG, title={Stay or Go? Participation in Under-Provisioned Video Streams}, author={Dave Levin and Daniel Malter and Neil Spring and Bobby Bhattacharjee}, year={2009} }