CS795 Recent Advances on Internet Media Distribution

Instructor: Dr. Songqing Chen
Office: 445 S&T II
Phone: 703-993-3176
E-mail: sqchen AT cs dot gmu dot edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m, or by appointment
Course Homepage: http://www.cs.gmu.edu/~sqchen/courses/CS795


This class focuses on the recent advances on Internet media. Different from the traditional text-based Web contents, media objects are generally larger in size and are less frequently updated once they are produced. With the rapid increasing amount of Internet media objects, it is very important to understand the current state-of-the-art of Internet media and related techniques. In this class, we particularly focus on the recent advancement for the Internet media distribution systems -- issues and techniques that are related to how media contents are delivered to each client. The following topics will be covered: Internet measurements about the popularity of various media services on the Internet, quality of different services; resource provisioning on the Internet for media distribution in a client/server infrasturecture, or CDN/MDN, or P2P systems; overlay multicasting for the Internet streaming; security and privacy considerations in a media distribution system. We are going to study these systems in depth by discussing merits and limits of different systems and conflicts and synergy among different systems.


CS 656/CS671 or the permission from the intructor.



This is a paper reading based and project-oriented course. Students are required to write summaries of some discussed papers, to present selected papers, and to complete a self-selected project. Students in this class will experience the entire procedure of identifying a problem, defending her/his proposal, and completing a project. There are no mid-term or final. Your final grade is a combination of the participation and summaries (20%), presentation (30%), and project result (50%).


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Dr. Songqing Chen Dept. of Computer Science George Mason University