Trying to stream a video via slow internet speed shared along other users is one of the most annoying things today. Endless buffering, ugly pixilation and skips could also ruin a your overall video watching experience when everyone else at your house are also streaming same time.
However the good news is that a new tool has been developed by experts from Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT to aid multiple individuals share a confined Wi-Fi connection. The group have come with a Minerva system that examines videos before they are played in order to determine the impact lower streaming quality would have on them.
The Minerva system can examine videos in offline mode to check which would be advantageous from getting allocated more of bandwidth as well as which may be streamed using a low bandwidth, without hampering the quality. Then the protocol assigns the bandwidth depending on the requirements of multiple users and accordingly adjusts itself with the video being played.
During real-world trials, Minerva helped reduce the time of re-buffering nearly by half. In 1/3rd of the cases, it improved the quality of video playback. In fact, the system does not work just within households; it can also be utilized to share net connections in the entire region, thus making it an ideal choice for firms such as Hulu and Netflix that offer video streaming to a large no. of people.