Real-time video streaming using H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) in multihomed mobile networks: a testbed approach

James Nightingale, Qi Wang, Christos Grecos

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Users of the next generation wireless paradigm known as multihomed mobile networks expect satisfactory quality of service (QoS) when accessing streamed multimedia content. The recent H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) extension to the Advanced Video Coding standard (AVC), offers the facility to adapt real-time video streams in response to the dynamic conditions of multiple network paths encountered in multihomed wireless mobile networks. Nevertheless, preexisting streaming algorithms were mainly proposed for AVC delivery over multipath wired networks and were evaluated by software simulation. This paper introduces a practical, hardware-based testbed upon which we implement and evaluate real-time H.264 SVC streaming algorithms in a realistic multihomed wireless mobile networks environment. We propose an optimised streaming algorithm with multi-fold technical contributions. Firstly, we extended the AVC packet prioritisation schemes to reflect the three-dimensional granularity of SVC. Secondly, we designed a mechanism for evaluating the effects of different streamer 'read ahead window' sizes on real-time performance. Thirdly, we took account of the previously unconsidered path switching and mobile networks tunnelling overheads encountered in real-world deployments. Finally, we implemented a path condition monitoring and reporting scheme to facilitate the intelligent path switching. The proposed system has been experimentally shown to offer a significant improvement in PSNR of the received stream compared with representative existing algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE-IS and T Electronic Imaging - Real-Time Image and Video Processing 2011
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2011
EventReal-Time Image and Video Processing 2011 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 24 Jan 201125 Jan 2011


ConferenceReal-Time Image and Video Processing 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • H.264 SVC
  • mobile networks
  • multihomed
  • testbed
  • video streaming

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