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Reactive Estimation of Packet Loss Probability for IP-Based Video Services

By: Dongli Zhang; Ionescu, D.;

2009 / IEEE


This item was taken from the IEEE Periodical ' Reactive Estimation of Packet Loss Probability for IP-Based Video Services ' The advent of IP/MPLS based networks allows providers to implement integrated services packet network (ISPN) concepts for IPTV applications. IPTV systems require a high level of quality of service (QoS) in order to win customers which are subscribed with cable companies. Packet loss probability is one of the primary QoS parameters whose value affects the user experience and which provides a quantitative measure for customers' perception of the QoS factor in practical networks. Therefore, the online accurate measurement and estimation of the packet loss probability is a key issue to be addressed. Furthermore, the packet loss probability provides the feedback information which can be used in the network based control system to maintain it at a prescribed and negotiated value. In this paper, a reactive estimator (RE) of the packet loss probability is constructed. As all parameters related to the network traffic, the packet loss is a non-linear and non-Gaussian stochastic process. The proposed RE has the capability to adapt to variable stochastic contexts by employing one dynamic item based on the feedback of the real-time loss ratio measurement. A series of experiments are devised on a live network to evaluate the performance of the estimator under multiple traffic arrival models and within various buffer sizes. The numeric results show that the practical estimator is accurate enough to approximate the packet loss probability, such that it can be further used as a feedback parameter in a closed control loop which can keep the packet loss probability close to a prescribed value.