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Energy-Efficient Bandwidth Allocation for Multiuser Scalable Video Streaming over WLAN

  • Xin Ji1, 2, 3Email author,
  • Sofie Pollin1, 2, 3, 4,
  • Gauthier Lafruit2,
  • Iole Moccagatta2,
  • Antoine Dejonghe2, 3 and
  • Francky Catthoor1, 2
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20072008:219570

Received: 27 February 2007

Accepted: 9 October 2007

Published: 5 November 2007


We consider the problem of packet scheduling for the transmission of multiple video streams over a wireless local area network (WLAN). A cross-layer optimization framework is proposed to minimize the wireless transceiver energy consumption while meeting the user required visual quality constraints. The framework relies on the IEEE 802.11 standard and on the embedded bitstream structure of the scalable video coding scheme. It integrates an application-level video quality metric as QoS constraint (instead of a communication layer quality metric) with energy consumption optimization through link layer scaling and sleeping. Both energy minimization and min-max energy optimization strategies are discussed. Simulation results demonstrate significant energy gains compared to the state-of-the-art approaches.


Wireless Local Area NetworkBandwidth AllocationQuality ConstraintScalable Video CodeScalable Video

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Authors’ Affiliations

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
IMEC, Leuven, Belgium
Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology (IBBT), Ghent University, Gent, Belgium
UC Berkeley, USA


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