A two-level Markov model for packet loss in UDP/IP-based real-time video applications targeting residential users

Ellis, M., Pezaros, D. P., Kypraios, T. and Perkins, C. (2014) A two-level Markov model for packet loss in UDP/IP-based real-time video applications targeting residential users. Computer Networks, 70, pp. 384-399. (doi:10.1016/j.comnet.2014.05.013)

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Abstract

The packet loss characteristics of Internet paths that include residential broadband links are not well understood, and there are no good models for their behaviour. This compli- cates the design of real-time video applications targeting home users, since it is difficult to choose appropriate error correction and concealment algorithms without a good model for the types of loss observed. Using measurements of residential broadband networks in the UK and Finland, we show that existing models for packet loss, such as the Gilbert model and simple hidden Markov models, do not effectively model the loss patterns seen in this environment. We present a new two-level Markov model for packet loss that can more accurately describe the characteristics of these links, and quantify the effectiveness of this model. We demonstrate that our new packet loss model allows for improved application design, by using it to model the performance of forward error correction on such links.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ellis, Mr Martin and Perkins, Dr Colin and Pezaros, Dr Dimitrios
Authors: Ellis, M., Pezaros, D. P., Kypraios, T., and Perkins, C.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Research Group:ENDS
Journal Name:Computer Networks
Publisher:Elsevier B.V.
ISSN:1389-1286
ISSN (Online):1872-7069
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in Computer Networks 70:384-399
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
5006112008-12 Doctoral Training GrantMary GoodmanEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/P50418X/1VICE PRINCIPAL RESEARCH & ENTERPRISE
608831IMC2: Instrumentation, Measurement and Control for the CloudDimitrios PezarosEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/L005255/1COM - COMPUTING SCIENCE