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Optimal packet scheduling for wireless video streaming with error-prone feedback

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5 Author(s)
Dihong Tian ; Sch. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Georgia Inst. of Technol., Atlanta, GA, USA ; Xiaohuan Li ; Al-Regib, Ghassan ; Altunbasak, Y.
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In wireless video transmission, burst packet errors generally produce more catastrophic results than equal number of isolated errors. To miniimize the playback distortion it is crucial for the sender to know the packet errors at the receiver and then optimally schedule next transmissions. Unfortunately, in practice, feedback errors result in inaccurate observations of the receiving status. In this paper, we develop an optimal scheduling framework to minimize the expected distortion by first estimating the receiving status. Then, we jointly consider the source and channel characteristics and optimally choose the packets to transmit. The optimal transmission strategy is computed through a partially observable Markov decision process. The experimental results show that the proposed framework improves the average peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) by 0.6-1.3 dB upon using a traditional system without packet scheduling. Moreover, we show that the proposed method smoothes out the bursty distortion periods and results in less fluctuating PSNR values.

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Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, 2004. WCNC. 2004 IEEE  (Volume:2 )

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21-25 March 2004