ZTE Communications ›› 2019, Vol. 17 ›› Issue (1): 18-24.DOI: 10.12142/ZTECOM.201901004

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Automating QoS and QoE Evaluation of HTTP Adaptive Streaming Systems

Christian Timmerer1, Anatoliy Zabrovskiy2   

  1. 1. Alpen-Adria-Universit?t Klagenfurt/Bitmovin Inc., Klagenfurt 9020, Austria
    2. Petrozavodsk State University & Alpen-Adria-Universit?t Klagenfurt Petrozavodsk, Petrozavodsk 185910, Russia
  • Received:2018-08-16 Online:2019-02-20 Published:2019-11-14
  • About author:Christian Timmerer (christian.timmerer@itec.aau.at) is an associate professor with Alpen-Adria-Universita?t Klagenfurt, Austria. He is a Co-Founder of Bitmovin Inc., San Francsico, USA, as well as the CIO and the Head of Research and Standardization. He has co-authored seven patents and over 200 publications in workshops, conferences, journals, and book chapters. He participated in several EC-funded projects, notably DANAE, ENTHRONE, P2P-Next, ALICANTE, SocialSensor, ICoSOLE, and the COST Action IC1003 QUALINET. He also participated in ISO/MPEG work for several years, notably in the areas of MPEG-21, MPEG-M, MPEG-V, and MPEG- DASH. His research interests include immersive multimedia communications, streaming, adaptation, and quality of experience. He was the General Chair of WIAMIS 2008, QoMEX 2013, ACM MMSys 2016, and Packet Video 2018. Further information can be found at http://blog.timmerer.com.|Anatoliy Zabrovskiy received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in information and computer technology from Petrozavodsk State University, Russia in 2006 and 2008 respectively, and a Ph.D. degree in engineering from the same university in 2013. He has been working in the field of network and multimedia communication technologies for over ten years. He was a Cisco certified academy instructor for CCNA. He was award winner of two international programs: Scholarships of the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria for Postdocs and Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window program for doctorate students. He was a prize winner of Sun Microsystems contest “Idea2Project”. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Information Technology (ITEC), Alpen-Adria-Universit?t Klagenfurt, Austria. He is a member of the Technical Program Committee of ACM MMSys 2019. His research interests include video streaming, network technologies, quality of experience, and machine learning.
  • Supported by:
    This work was supported in part by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) under the next generation video streaming project “PROMETHEUS”.


Streaming audio and video content currently accounts for the majority of the Internet traffic and is typically deployed over the top of the existing infrastructure. We are facing the challenge of a plethora of media players and adaptation algorithms showing different behavior but lacking a common framework for both objective and subjective evaluation of such systems. This paper aims to close this gap by proposing such a framework, describing its architecture, providing an example evaluation, and discussing open issues.

Key words: HTTP adaptive streaming, DASH, QoE, performance evaluation