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A Transparent Loss Recovery Scheme Using Packet Redirection for Wireless Video Transmissions


With the wide deployment of wireless networks and the rapid integration of various emerging networking technologies nowadays, Internet video applications must be updated on a sufficiently timely basis to support high end-to-end quality of service (QoS) levels over heterogeneous infrastructures. However, updating the legacy applications to provide QoS support is both complex and expensive since the video applications must communicate with underlying architectures when carrying out QoS provisioning, and furthermore, should be both aware of and adaptive to variations in the network conditions. Accordingly, this paper presents a transparent loss recovery scheme to transparently support the robust video transmission on behalf of real-time streaming video applications. The proposed scheme includes the following two modules: (i) a transparent QoS mechanism which enables the QoS setup of video applications without the requirement for any modification of the existing legacy applications through its use of an efficient packet redirection scheme; and (ii) an instant frame-level FEC technique which performs online FEC bandwidth allocation within TCP-friendly rate constraints in a frame-by-frame basis to minimize the additional FEC processing delay. The experimental results show that the proposed scheme achieves nearly the same video quality that can be obtained by the optimal frame-level FEC under varying network conditions while maintaining low end-to-end delay.

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Correspondence to Chi-Huang Shih.

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Shih, CH., Shieh, CK. & Hwang, WS. A Transparent Loss Recovery Scheme Using Packet Redirection for Wireless Video Transmissions. EURASIP J. Adv. Signal Process. 2008, 437128 (2007).

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  • Video Transmission
  • Video Application
  • Legacy Application
  • Robust Video
  • Streaming Video Application