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Study Data from School of Computing Update Understanding of Multimedia (Empirical evaluation of H.264/SVC streaming in resource-constrained...

July 15, 2014

Study Data from School of Computing Update Understanding of Multimedia (Empirical evaluation of H.264/SVC streaming in resource-constrained multihomed mobile networks)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Investigators publish new report on Multimedia. According to news reporting from Renfrew, United Kingdom, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Nomadic users of streamed multimedia content in mobile networks are often faced with resource-constrained network paths that suffer from low bandwidth. Streaming high-quality video in such a challenging scenario demands a set of highly adaptive schemes, which have not been sufficiently explored in particular for the emerging H.264 Scalable Video Coding (H.264/SVC) standard."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the School of Computing, "In this paper, we empirically investigate the performance of streaming H.264/SVC scalable video streams to users in multihomed mobile networks containing multiple available transmission paths. Previous work has demonstrated the feasibility of aggregating bandwidth of multiple paths to deliver video streams when no single, sufficiently high bandwidth path is available. We focus on evaluating the enhanced performance of multipath bandwidth-aggregation streaming by exploiting a quality-layers based, H.264/SVC-specific packet prioritisation scheme for quality-aware multipath packet scheduling and selective packet dropping in case of bandwidth shortage even after aggregation. Additionally, we explore a base-layer rate control scheme for H.264/SVC delivery in ultra-low bandwidth environments. Through extensive experimentation on a realistic hardware-based testbed, we obtain a comprehensive and insightful understanding of the behaviour of H.264/SVC streams when transmitted across multiple paths in mobile networks. We quantify the improvements offered by the use of H.264/SVC-specific packet prioritisation schemes compared with an existing generic scalable video prioritisation scheme, and the benefits by the use of base-layer rate control in ultra-low bandwidth situations. The performance of the multipath streaming schemes is further compared with that of an ideal single high bandwidth path."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "We also identify the remaining challenges that must be overcome if such streaming schemes are to offer performance close to that of the ideal single high bandwidth path."

For more information on this research see: Empirical evaluation of H.264/SVC streaming in resource-constrained multihomed mobile networks. Multimedia Tools and Applications, 2014;70(3):2011-2035. Multimedia Tools and Applications can be contacted at: Springer, Van Godewijckstraat 30, 3311 Gz Dordrecht, Netherlands. (Springer -; Multimedia Tools and Applications -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Nightingale, Univ West Scotland, Audio Visual Commun & Networks Grp AVCN, Sch Comp, Paisley PA1 2BE, Renfrew, United Kingdom. Additional authors for this research include Q. Wang and C. Grecos.

Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Renfrew, Multimedia, United Kingdom

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