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Distributed Markov Decision Process in Cooperative Peer-to-Peer Repair For WWAN Video Broadcast

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Executive Summary

Error resilient video broadcast over Wireless Wide Area Networks (WWAN) remains difficult due to unavoidable packet losses (a result of the underlying unreliable and time-varying transmission medium) and unavailability of per-packet, per-user retransmissions (stemming from the well-known NAK implosion problem). Previous cooperative solutions for multi-homed devices listening to the same video broadcast call for local recovery via packet sharing: assuming peers are physically located more than one transmission wavelength apart, channels to the streaming source are statistically independent, and peers can exchange different subsets of received packets with neighbors via a secondary network like ad hoc Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) to alleviate individual WWAN packet losses.

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