Optimal carrier loading control for the enhancement of visual quality over OFDMA cellular networks

Uk Jang, Hyungkeuk Lee, Sanghoon Lee

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A recent dynamic increase in demand for wireless multimedia services has greatly accelerated the research on dynamic channel adaptation of high quality video applications. In this paper, we explore a theoretical approach to cross-layer optimization between multimedia and wireless networks by means of a quality criterion termed "visual throughput" for downlink video transmission using a layered coding algorithm. We obtain the optimal loading ratio of orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) subcarriers through an optimization problem balancing the tradeoff relationship between inter-cell interference (ICI) and channel throughput. Through numerical link capacity analysis, we show that the upper bounds of the visual throughput gain at the cell boundary is obtained at about 27%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4657460
Pages (from-to)1181-1196
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Multimedia
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Oct

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received November 21, 2007; revised April 16, 2008. Current version published October 24, 2008. This work was supported by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) grant funded by the Korea government (MOST) (No. R01-2007-000-11708-0) and by Seoul Research & Business Development Program (11136M0212352). The associate editor coordinating the review of this manuscript and approving it for publication was Dr. Anna Hac.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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