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Quality of service provision in mobile multimedia - a survey

Hongli Luo1* and Mei-Ling Shyu2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering Technology and Information Systems and Technology, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN, USA

2 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA

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Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences 2011, 1:5  doi:10.1186/2192-1962-1-5

Published: 22 November 2011

Abstract

The prevalence of multimedia applications has drastically increased the amount of multimedia data. With the drop of the hardware cost, more and more mobile devices with higher capacities are now used. The widely deployed wireless LAN and broadband wireless networks provide the ubiquitous network access for multimedia applications. Provision of Quality of Service (QoS) is challenging in mobile ad hoc networks because of the dynamic characteristics of mobile networks and the limited resources of the mobile devices. The wireless network is not reliable due to node mobility, multi-access channel and multi-hop communication. In this paper, we provide a survey of QoS provision in mobile multimedia, addressing the technologies at different network layers and cross-layer design. This paper focuses on the QoS techniques over IEEE 802.11e networks. We also provide some thoughts about the challenges and directions for future research.

Keywords:
Quality of Service (QoS); mobile computing; multimedia; 802.11, 802.11e; survey