Title: A fuzzy-based cross-layer mechanism to improve the quality of video transmission over wireless LANs

Authors: Tahere Ahmadian; Mohammad Nassiri

Addresses: Computer Department, Faculty of Engineering, Bu-Ali Sina University, Av. sh. Fahmideh, Hamedan, Iran ' Computer Department, Faculty of Engineering, Bu-Ali Sina University, Av. sh. Fahmideh, Hamedan, Iran

Abstract: Providing Quality of Service (QoS) for multimedia applications over wireless networks is quite challenging. Enhanced Distributed Channel Access (EDCA) mechanism of IEEE802.11e standard is an attempt to improve QoS in these networks. With EDCA, high priority traffic has a higher chance of being sent. However, because of the variable and dynamic nature of wireless channel, the static scheduling mechanism used by EDCA to map arriving packets to various access categories (AC) does not provide multimedia users with desired level of QoS. In this paper, we propose a new cross-layer mechanism that relies on dynamic mapping of video as well as non-video packets to different access categories. Our approach exploits a fuzzy controller to assign video/data packets to different ACs according to traffic type and queue size of each AC. Simulation results show that our fuzzy-based approach outperforms existing mechanisms in terms of average PSNR, end-to-end delay, and packet delivery ratio.

Keywords: wireless networks; IEEE 802.11e; EDCA; enhanced distributed channel access; access category; fuzzy control; QoS; quality of service; video transmission; H.264 video; multimedia; fuzzy-based cross-layer; wireless LANs; WLANs; dynamic mapping; simulation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWMC.2014.065601

International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing, 2014 Vol.7 No.6, pp.528 - 535

Available online: 30 Oct 2014 *

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