Supporting image and video applications in a multihop radio environment using path diversity and multiple description coding

Nitin Gogate, Doo Man Chung, Shivendra S. Panwar, Yao Wang

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This paper examines the effectiveness of combining multiple description coding (MDC) and multiple path transport (MPT) for video and image transmission in a multihop mobile radio network. The video and image information is encoded nonhierarchically into multiple descriptions with the following objectives. The received picture quality should be acceptable, even if only one description is received and every additional received description contributes to enhanced picture quality. Typical applications will need a higher bandwidth/higher reliability connection than that provided by a single link in current mobile networks. For supporting these applications, a mobile node may need to set up and use multiple paths to the desired destination, either simply because of the lack of raw bandwidth on a single channel or because of its poor error characteristics, which reduce its effective throughput. In the context of this work, the principal reasons for considering such an architecture are providing high bandwidth and more robust end-to-end connections. We describe a protocol architecture that addresses this need and, with the help of simulations, we demonstrate the feasibility of this system and compare the performance of the MDC-MPT scheme to a system using layered coding and asymmetrical paths for the base and enhancement layers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)777-792
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2002


  • Error resilience
  • Multiple description coding
  • Path diversity
  • Video transport over wireless networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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