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EPSRC Reference: GR/S70272/01
Title: Towards an Autonomic Content Distribution Infrastructure
Principal Investigator: Mathy, Professor L
Other Investigators:
Race, Professor N Hutchison, Professor D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr S Simpson
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Department: Computing & Communications
Organisation: Lancaster University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2004 Ends: 30 September 2007 Value (£): 250,433
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Artificial Intelligence Information & Knowledge Mgmt
Multimedia Networks & Distributed Systems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Information Technologies Communications
Creative Industries
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Content Distribution Networks (CDNs) are a fairly recent technology to improve the delivery of content to users, based on the principles of cooperating content nodes. This project is concerned with the study and design of CDNs for rich multimedia content (e.g. audio and video).More specifically, our aim is to research and demonstrate the architecture and design of autonomic (i.e. self-organizing and self-repairing) CDNs that require minimal management, yet exhibit very good scalability and performance properties. These autonomic features should ideally apply to both the interconnection of components making up the CDN and the content management within the CDN (i.e., what content to put where and for how long). Such features would facilitate the introduction of new content and hardware, and improve the operational characteristics of the CDNs. Autonomic CDNs would exhibit better resilience to failure, offer increased efficiency, whilst simplifying management and keeping operational costs to a minimum.
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