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Providing guaranteed quality of service for variable-bit-rate video at a multiplexor
Author(s): Abdelnaser Adas; Amarnath Mukherjee
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Paper Abstract

Network support for variable bit-rate video needs to consider (1) properties of workload induced (e.g., significant autocorrelations into far lags and heterogeneous marginal distributions), and (2) application specific bounds on delay-jitter and statistical cell-loss probabilities. The objective of this paper is to present a quality-of-service solution for such traffic at each multiplexing point in a network. Heterogeneity in both offered workload and quality- of-service requirements are addressed. A per-virtual-circuit framing structure and a pseudo earliest-due-date cell dispatcher are introduced to provide guaranteed delay-jitter bounds. Heterogeneous jitter-bounds are supported through software controlled frame-sizes which may be independently set for each virtual-circuit. The framing structure is a generalization of per-link framing introduced by Golestani. The proposed framing structure eliminates correcting for phase mismatches between incoming frames and outgoing frames, necessary in per-link framing. This results in reduction in end-to-end delay bound, buffer requirements, and a simpler implementation. Strong auto-correlations typically seen in video traffic make equivalent bandwidth computations for heterogeneous cell-loss bounds intractable. To address this, the framing strategy is combined with an active cell-discard mechanism with prioritized cell- dropping, the latter utilizing the history of dropped cells and target cell-loss bounds for each virtual circuit. Upper bounds on the equivalent bandwidth needed to support a given workload with a target quality of service are also given. These are validated through numerical and simulation results from variable bit-rate MPEG-I video traces.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 October 1997
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3231, Performance and Control of Network Systems, (10 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.290406
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Abdelnaser Adas, Rockwell International and Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Amarnath Mukherjee, Tandem Computers and Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3231:
Performance and Control of Network Systems
Wai Sum Lai; Hisashi Kobayashi, Editor(s)

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