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Isochronous scheduling and its application to traffic control

By: Iwasaki, M.; Nakano, T.; Nakahara, M.; Takeuchi, T.;

1998 / IEEE / 0-8186-9212-X


This item was taken from the IEEE Conference ' Isochronous scheduling and its application to traffic control ' Existing operating systems and communication protocols cannot achieve high quality video data transmission on an Ethernet, because they lack QoS assurance mechanisms for the shared medium. We have developed a kernel called Tactix to investigate new QoS assurance technologies that enable distributed continuous media applications. In this paper we focus on fixed bit rate video data transfer over an Ethernet, and we propose isochronous scheduling and its application to software traffic shaping. Furthermore, we present the results of measuring the service quality achieved by these technologies, which we obtained using ordinary personal computers and a shared mode 100-Mbps Ethernet. These indicate that the technologies enable multiple video streams (up to a total bandwidth of about 60 Mbps) and non-real-time background traffic to coexist on an Ethernet with a very low packet loss ratio and a transmission delay of less than a few milliseconds.