Deadline-constrained media uploading systems

Mu Zhang, Johnny Wong, Wallapak Tavanapong, Junghwan Oh, Piet De Groen

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This paper presents the design, implementation, and performance evaluation of a novel file uploading system. The system automatically uploads multimedia files to a centralized server given a client machine's hard deadline-the time when a client machine will exhaust its available storage space due to on-going recording of media files. If existing files have not been uploaded and removed from the client machine's hard disk by the deadlines, existing files may be overwritten or new files may not get created. Our uploading system was designed to provide a practical solution for emerging business needs. For instance, our system can be used in medical practice to gather videos generated from medical devices located in various procedure rooms for post-procedure analysis, and in law enforcement to collect video recordings from police cars during routine patrolling. Here we investigate two upload scheduling algorithms that determine which client machine should upload its file(s) first. We introduce two emergency control algorithms to handle situations when a client machine is about to exhaust its hard disk space. We evaluate the proposed algorithms via simulations and analysis. Our performance studies show that the upload scheduling algorithms and the emergency control algorithms have a significant impact on overall system performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-74
Number of pages24
JournalMultimedia Tools and Applications
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2008


  • Emergency control for storage overflow
  • File upload
  • Hard real-time systems
  • Scheduling algorithms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Media Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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