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Quality of Experience Optimized Scheduling in Multi-Service Wireless Mesh Networks

Reis, A.B. ; Chakareski, J. C. ; Kassler, A. ; Sargento, S.

Quality of Experience Optimized Scheduling in Multi-Service Wireless Mesh Networks, Proc IEEE International Conf. on Image Processing - ICIP, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Vol. 0, pp. 1 - 4, September, 2010.

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A growing trend has emerged in network architecture research to switch focus from Quality of Service (QoS) to Quality of Experience (QoE) optimization. In this paper, we first present QoE models that characterize user satisfaction of video, audio, and data services over wireless networks. We then develop a novel packet scheduling algorithm for multi-hop wireless networks that jointly optimizes the delivery of multiple video, audio, and data flows according to the QoE metrics. We formulate a multidimensional optimization problem that minimizes the overall distortion across all flows for the given network resources on wireless links. Fairness constraints over the flows are also considered as part of the optimization. Our experimental results, obtained with the NS-2 IEEE 802.16 MESH-mode simulator, show that distortion-aware scheduling can significantly increase the perceived quality of different wireless services under bandwidth constraints. Additionally, improved fairness across the competing flows is demonstrated relative to conventional scheduling techniques.