Date of Award

Winter 1998

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Computer Science

Committee Director

Hussein Abdel-Wahab

Committee Director

Kurt Maly

Committee Member

Shunichi Toida

Committee Member

Christian Wild

Committee Member

Mohamed Gouda


Collaborative multimedia systems demand overall session quality control beyond the level of quality of service (QoS) pertaining to individual connections in isolation of others. At every instant in time, the quality of the session depends on the actual QoS offered by the system to each of the application streams, as well as on the relative priorities of these streams according to the application semantics. We introduce a framework for achieving QoSess control and address the architectural issues involved in designing a QoSess control laver that realizes the proposed framework. In addition, we detail our contributions for two main components of the QoSess control layer. The first component is a scalable and robust feedback protocol, which allows for determining the worst case state among a group of receivers of a stream. This mechanism is used for controlling the transmission rates of multimedia sources in both cases of layered and single-rate multicast streams. The second component is a set of inter-stream adaptation algorithms that dynamically control the bandwidth shares of the streams belonging to a session. Additionally, in order to ensure stability and responsiveness in the inter-stream adaptation process, several measures are taken, including devising a domain rate control protocol. The performance of the proposed mechanisms is analyzed and their advantages are demonstrated by simulation and experimental results.


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