A content delivery infrastructure to support advanced services for business travellers
by Nicola Blefari-Melazzi, Dario Di Sorte, Mauro Femminella
International Journal of Electronic Business (IJEB), Vol. 3, No. 3/4, 2005

Abstract: A content delivery network (CDN) is a collection of network elements and procedures designed to efficiently connect information consumers with information providers, accelerating end-users access to contents and reducing network traffic and hardware requirements. The advent of nomadic users implies that CDNs should deal with routing and forwarding of requests for contents in a mobile environment too. The scenario we consider in this paper is that of the IST FIFTH project, where a local network on board a fast train is connected either via a satellite link or a Wireless-LAN access to the fixed content network. In this framework, we define a hierarchical structure of content servers for data management and delivery to business travellers on board trains. In addition, we propose a users' request routing approach to perform smart server selection, taking into account both network and server congestion.

Online publication date: Thu, 30-Jun-2005

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