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Session and Network Support for Autonomous Context-Aware Multiparty Communications in Heterogeneous Mobile Systems

Neto, A. ; Sargento, S. ; Mota, T. ; Pinto, F. ; Carapeto, N.

Handheld Computing Research (IJHCR) Vol. 1, Nº 4, pp. 1 - 24, March, 2010.

ISSN (print): 1947-9158
ISSN (online): 1947-9158

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Digital Object Identifier: 10.4018/jhcr.2010100101

The increase of networking complexity requires the design of new performance optimization schemes for delivering different types of sessions to users under different conditions. In this regard, special attention is given to multi-homed environments, where mobile devices cross areas with overlapping access technologies (Wi-Fi, 3G, WiMax). In such a scenario, efficient multiparty delivery depends upon the grouping operation, which must be done based on several parameters. In this paper, the authors propose context-aware sub-grouping of content-based service groups so that the same service session can be delivered using different codings of the same content, adapting to current network, users, session, and environment context. The context-aware information is used to improve the sub-grouping process. This paper aims to describe these sub-grouping techniques, and in particular how they improve network performance and user experience in the future Internet by focusing on the improved network-level and session-level mechanisms.