A Theoretical Framework for Quality-Aware Cross-Layer Optimized Wireless Multimedia Communications

Song Ci, Haohong Wang, Dalei Wu
2008 Advances in Multimedia  
Although cross-layer has been thought as one of the most effective and efficient ways for multimedia communications over wireless networks and a plethora of research has been done in this area, there is still lacking of a rigorous mathematical model to gain in-depth understanding of cross-layer design tradeoffs, spanning from application layer to physical layer. As a result, many existing cross-layer designs enhance the performance of certain layers at the price of either introducing side
more » ... s to the overall system performance or violating the syntax and semantics of the layered network architecture. Therefore, lacking of a rigorous theoretical study makes existing cross-layer designs rely on heuristic approaches which are unable to guarantee sound results efficiently and consistently. In this paper, we attempt to fill this gap and develop a new methodological foundation for cross-layer design in wireless multimedia communications. We first introduce a delay-distortion-driven cross-layer optimization framework which can be solved as a large-scale dynamic programming problem. Then, we present new approximate dynamic programming based on significance measure and sensitivity analysis for high-dimensional nonlinear cross-layer optimization in support of real-time multimedia applications. The major contribution of this paper is to present the first rigorous theoretical modeling for integrated cross-layer control and optimization in wireless multimedia communications, providing design insights into multimedia communications over current wireless networks and throwing light on design optimization of the next-generation wireless multimedia systems and networks.
doi:10.1155/2008/543674 fatcat:t4xemwansvhsvja3lyiigqpenu