Scalable Parallel-Access for Mirrored Servers

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IASTED International Multi-Conference on Applied Informatics (AI)
Innsbruck, Austria,
Abstract. To increase a client’s perceived throughput while transferring large multimedia files, a parallel-access approach can be used to simultaneously transfer different pieces of a file from different mirrors. Previously proposed approaches, however, either employ very aggressive implementations with poor scalability or suffer from deployment difficulties on the current Internet. Using trace-driven and real Internet experiments,we showthe effect ofpoor scalability andperformance degradation for some oftheprevious parallel-access implementations. Inthispaper, we propose a hybrid scheme that (1) minimizes the added load on all mirrors while (2) maximizing the client-perceived throughput. Our scheme uses informed mirror selection based on round-trip time (RTT) measurements as well as dynamic monitoring. While using less than 10% of the available mirrors, we show a decrease in transfer time by more than 85% over traditional single-server transfers and 35%over other parallel-access implementations.
Keywords. Internet Tools, Applications, Parallel Downloading, File Transfer, Mirror Selection
author = {Amgad and Zeitoun and Hani and Jamjoom and Mohamed and El-Gendy},
title = {{Scalable Parallel-Access for Mirrored Servers}},
booktitle = {IASTED International Multi-Conference on Applied Informatics (AI)},
address = {Innsbruck, Austria},
month = {Feburary},
year = {2002}