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Optimal network selection in heterogeneous wireless multimedia networks

Abstract

The complementary characteristics of different wireless networks make it attractive to integrate a wide range of radio access technologies. Most of previous work on integrating heterogeneous wireless networks concentrates on network layer quality of service (QoS), such as blocking probability and utilization, as design criteria. However, from a user’s point of view, application layer QoS, such as multimedia distortion, is an important issue. In this paper, we propose an optimal distributed network selection scheme in heterogeneous wireless networks considering multimedia application layer QoS. Specifically, we formulate the integrated network as a restless bandit system. With this stochastic optimization formulation, the optimal network selection policy is indexable, meaning that the network with the lowest index should be selected. The proposed scheme can be applicable to both tight coupling and loose coupling scenarios in the integration of heterogeneous wireless networks. Simulation results are presented to illustrate the performance of the proposed scheme.

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Acknowledgment

We thank the reviewers for their detailed reviews and constructive comments, which have helped to improve the quality of this paper.

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Correspondence to Pengbo Si.

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This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation of China under Grant 60672124 and 60832009, the Hi-Tech Research and Development Program (National 863 Program) under Grant 2007AA01Z221, and the National Key Basic Research and Development Plan of China (973 Program) under Grant 2009CB320400.

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Si, P., Ji, H. & Yu, F.R. Optimal network selection in heterogeneous wireless multimedia networks. Wireless Netw 16, 1277–1288 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11276-009-0202-1

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Keywords

  • Network Selection
  • Heterogeneous Wireless Network
  • Radio Access Technology
  • WiMAX Network
  • Decision Epoch