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We study an uplink video communication system with multiple users in a centralized wireless cell. The multiple access scheme is Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA). Both physical layer channel state information (CSI) and application layer rate distortion (RD) information of video streams are collected by the base station. With the goal of minimizing the average video distortion across all the users in the system, we design an iterative resource allocation algorithm for subcarrier assignment and power allocation. Based on the physical layer resource allocation decision, the user will adapt the application layer video source coding rate. To show the advantage of this cross layer algorithm, numerical results are compared with two baseline resource allocation algorithms using only physical layer information or only application layer information. Bit-level simulation results are presented which take into account the imperfection of the video coding rate control, as well as channel errors.
Date of Conference: 5-9 Dec. 2011