Network Control: A Rate-Distortion Perspective

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Executive Summary

Today's networks are controlled assuming precompressed and packetized data. For video, this assumption of data packets abstracts out one of the key aspects - the lossy compression problem. Therefore, first, this paper develops a framework for network control that incorporates both source-rate and source-distortion. Next, it decomposes the network control problem into an application-layer compression control, a transport-layer congestion control and a network-layer scheduling. It is shown that this decomposition is optimal for concave utility functions. Finally, this paper derives further insights from the developed rate-distortion framework by focusing on specific problems.

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