Joint Uplink and Downlink Optimization for Real-Time Multiuser Video Streaming Over WLANs

TitleJoint Uplink and Downlink Optimization for Real-Time Multiuser Video Streaming Over WLANs
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsSu G-M, Han Z, M. Wu, Liu KJR
JournalSelected Topics in Signal Processing, IEEE Journal of
Pagination280 - 294
Date Published2007/08//
ISBN Number1932-4553
Keywords802.11, allocation;image, allocation;real-time, communications;maximal, distortion;multiuser, end-to-end, error, expected, IEEE, LAN;, mechanism;downlink, multiuser, networks;WLAN;cross-layer, optimization;interactive, optimization;video, Protection, quality;video, resource, sequences;video, streaming, streaming;uplink, streaming;wireless, system;bandwidth, video

In this paper, a network-aware and source-aware video streaming system is proposed to support interactive multiuser communications within single-cell and multicell IEEE 802.11 networks. Unlike the traditional streaming video services, the strict delay constraints of an interactive video streaming system pose more challenges. These challenges include the heterogeneity of uplink and downlink channel conditions experienced by different users, the multiuser resource allocation of limited radio resources, the incorporation of the cross-layer design, and the diversity of content complexities exhibited by different video sequences. With the awareness of video content and network resources, the proposed system integrates cross-layer error protection mechanism and performs dynamic resource allocation across multiple users. We formulate the proposed system as to minimize the maximal end-to-end expected distortion received by all users, subject to maximal transmission power and delay constraints. To reduce the high dimensionality of the search space, fast multiuser algorithms are proposed to find the near-optimal solutions. Compared to the strategy without dynamically and jointly allocating bandwidth resource for uplinks and downlinks, the proposed framework outperforms by 2.18 7.95 dB in terms of the average received PSNR of all users and by 3.82 11.50 dB in terms of the lowest received PSNR among all users. Furthermore, the proposed scheme can provide more uniform video quality for all users and lower quality fluctuation for each received video sequence.