SoCast: Social ties based cooperative video multicast

Yang Cao, Xu Chen, Tao Jiang, Junshan Zhang

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In this paper, we propose SoCast - a cooperative video multicast framework to stimulate effective cooperation among mobile users (clients), by leveraging two types of important social ties, i.e., social trust and social reciprocity. By using SoCast, clients can form groups to restore incomplete video frames by obtaining missing packets from other clients, according to the unique video encoding structure. In return, the user perception video quality of mobile video multicast can be improved. Specifically, we first cast the problem of social ties based group formation among clients as a coalitional game, and then devise a distributed algorithm to obtain the core solution (group formation) for the formulated coalitional game. Further, a resource allocation mechanism is proposed for the base station to handle radio resource requests from client groups. Extensive numerical studies with real video traces corroborate the significant performance gain by using the SoCast.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE INFOCOM 2014 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781479933600
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event33rd IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, IEEE INFOCOM 2014 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Apr 27 2014May 2 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X


Other33rd IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, IEEE INFOCOM 2014
CityToronto, ON

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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