Performance evaluation of transmission schemes for real-time traffic in a high-speed timed-token MAC network

Joseph K Y NG, Victor Chung Sing Lee

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The fast development of high-speed networks makes many real-time multimedia applications possible. These applications usually involve the transmission of massive amounts of digital video data, which requires the application of video image compression technology, under a stringent timing constraint. As a result, the transmission of the variable bit rate (VBR) traffic generated by the compression algorithms plays a very important role in meeting the real-time requirement of the applications. In this paper, we analyze the characteristics of the real-time traffic generated by Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG), which is one of the most notable video image compression standards, and evaluate four different transmission schemes for the real-time VBR traffic. In order to have a deterministic behavior and bounded message delays, we choose the timed token medium access control (MAC) protocol for the evaluation of our transmission schemes. Judging from our maximum bandwidth demand analysis, and after a series of intensive simulation experiments, the results reveal that in our best scenario, the performance improvement (PI) can be as high as 422% over the original default transmission scheme in terms of the number of video streams that can be supported in the network.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-60
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Systems and Software
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2000

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture


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