On the Capacity of Immediately-Decodable Coding Schemes for Wireless Stored-Video Broadcast With Hard Deadline Constraints

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Executive Summary

Multimedia streaming applications have stringent Quality-of-Service (QoS) requirements. Typically, each packet is associated with a packet delivery deadline. This work models and considers streaming broadcast of stored video over the downlink of a single cell. The authors first generalize the existing class of Immediately-Decodable Network Coding (IDNC) schemes to take into account the deadline constraints. The performance analysis of IDNC schemes are significantly complicated by the packet deadline constraints (from the application layer) and the immediate-decodability requirement (from the network layer). Despite this difficulty, they prove that for independent channels, the IDNC schemes are asymptotically throughput-optimal subject to the deadline constraints when there are no more than three users and when the video file size is sufficiently large.

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