Quality-based resource brokerage for autonomous networked multimedia applications

Hyunggon Park, Mihaela Van Der Schaar

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In this paper, we assume that the network resources are managed by several brokers, which are endowed with resources by a (remote) central resource manager according to several predetermined policies. Our focus is on autonomous multimedia users. We propose a novel resource management scheme, where resource brokers choose well-suited axiomatic bargaining solutions to divide their allocated resources among the users associated with them. These resource division solutions enable resource brokers to provide strict minimum video quality guarantees according to the (varying) number of multimedia users associated with them. Finally, we show that the proposed solution enables us to model the problem of selecting resource brokers by multimedia users as an unweighted congestion game, thereby ensuring convergence to a stationary distribution of users across resource brokers. We investigate the number of required users' switches to reach the stationary distribution, and quantify the fairness of the stationary distribution by introducing a novel quality fairness comparison metric for the users.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5159454
Pages (from-to)1781-1792
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received January 23, 2008; revised December 21, 2008 and April 15, 2009. First version published July 7, 2009; current version published December 1, 2009. This paper was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): NSF CCF 0830556 and NSF CCF 0541867. The material in this paper was presented in part at the Sixteenth International Packet Video Workshop, Lausanne, Switzerland, November 2007. This paper was recommended by Associate Editor T. Nguyen.


  • Axiomatic bargaining solution
  • Congestion games
  • Multimedia resource management
  • Quality-driven admission control
  • Resource broker


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