Managing Services Quality through Admission Control and Active Monitoring

Solange Lima, Paulo Carvalho, Alexandre Santos and Vasco Freitas

Universidade do Minho
Departamento de Informática
P-4710-057 Braga, Portugal

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We propose a lightweight traffic admission control scheme based on on-line monitoring which ensures multimedia services quality both intra-domain and end-to-end. The AC strategy is distributed, service-oriented and allows to control QoS and SLS without adding complexity to the network core. For each service class, AC decisions are driven by rate-based SLS control rules and QoS parameters control rules, defined and parameterized according to each service characteristics. These rules are essentially based on systematic on-line measurements of relevant QoS and performance parameters. Thus, from a practical perspective, we discuss and evaluate methodologies and mechanisms for parameter estimation. The AC criteria is evaluated as regards its ability to ensure service commitments while achieving high network utilization. The results show that the proposed model provides a good compromise between simplicity, service level guarantee and network usage, even for services with strict QoS requirements.

6th IFIP/IEEE International Conf on Management of Multimedia Networks and Services (MMNS 2003), Queen's University Belfast, N Ireland, Sep 7-10, 2003       LNCS, vol 2839, pp. 142-154, Springer-Verlag, 2003