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Evaluation of the MDC and FEC over the quality of service and quality of experience for video distribution in ad hoc networks

Abstract

Mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) offer an excellent scenario for deploying communication applications because of the connectivity and versatility of this kind of networks. In contrast, the topology is usually extremely dynamic causing high rate of packet loss, so that ensuring a specific Quality of Service (QoS) for real-time video services becomes a hard challenge. In this paper, we evaluate the effect of using Multiple Description Coding (MDC) and Forward Error Correction (FEC) techniques for improving video quality in a multimedia content distribution system. A hybrid architecture using fixed and wireless ad hoc networks is proposed, which enables the use of multipoint-to-point transmission. MDC and FEC mechanisms can be combined with multipath transmission to increase the network efficiency and recover lost packets, improving the overall Quality of Experience (QoE) of the receiver. Simulations have been analyzed paying attention to objective parameters (Peak Signal to Noise Ratio, Packet Delivery Ratio, Decodable Frame Rate and interruptions) and subjective parameters. Results show that MDC increases the probability of packet delivery and FEC is able to recover lost frames and reduce video interruptions in moderate mobility scenarios, resulting in the improvement of video quality and the final user experience.

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Acknowledgment

This work was supported by project MIQUEL (TEC2007- 68119-C02-01/TCM) of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. The authors would like to thank the Editor and the reviewers for helpful suggestions to improve the quality of this paper.

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Acelas, P., Arce, P., Guerri, J.C. et al. Evaluation of the MDC and FEC over the quality of service and quality of experience for video distribution in ad hoc networks. Multimed Tools Appl 68, 969–989 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11042-012-1111-3

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Keywords

  • Ad hoc networks
  • Video streaming
  • Multiple description coding
  • Forward error correction
  • Quality of service
  • Quality of experience