MIT researchers have created a way to reduce Wi-Fi stream buffering on highly populated networks. The researchers were from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, CSAIL. The improved stream buffering system is titled Minerva, and it is able to analyze content before its played to identify what quality they can be played at. Minerva is also able to take information from videos that are offline, to see if more bandwidth is needed. In short, the system is able to analyze video content to better allocate bandwidth.
During tests of the system, it was able to lower buffering times by approximately one half. In a third of cases, it was also able to improve the video quality. The system is ideally suited to improve streaming services.