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Towards collaborative data reduction in stream-processing systems
by Ming Li, David Kotz
International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems (IJCNDS), Vol. 2, No. 4, 2009


Abstract: We consider a distributed system that disseminates high-volume event streams to many simultaneous monitoring applications over a low-bandwidth network. For bandwidth efficiency, we propose a collaborative data-reduction mechanism, 'group-aware stream filtering', used together with multicast, to select a small set of necessary data that satisfy the needs of a group of subscribers simultaneously. We turn data-compressing filters into group-aware filters by exploiting two overlooked, yet important, properties of monitoring applications: 1) many of them can tolerate some degree of 'slack' in their data quality requirements; 2) there may exist multiple subsets of the source data satisfying the quality needs of an application. We can thus choose the 'best alternative' subset for each application to maximise the data overlap within the group to best benefit from multicasting. We provide a general framework that treats the group-aware stream filtering problem completely; we prove the problem NP-hard and thus provide a suite of heuristic algorithms that ensure data quality (specifically, granularity and timeliness) while collaboratively reducing data. The framework is extensible and supports a diverse range of filters. Our prototype-based evaluation shows that group-aware stream filtering is effective in trading CPU time for data reduction, compared with self-interested filtering.

Online publication date: Fri, 19-Jun-2009


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