Network Coding for Multimedia Communications

Network Coding for Multimedia Communications

Irina-Delia Nemoianu (TELECOM-ParisTech, France) and Béatrice Pesquet-Popescu (TELECOM-ParisTech, France)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2833-5.ch001


Network Coding (NC) is an innovative technique that can achieve the maximum information flow in a network by allowing nodes to combine received packets before retransmission. This chapter provides an overview of the joint use of NC and a set of current multimedia techniques that have shown promising results compared to traditional approaches. The applications range from distributed storage, content distribution with scalable coding, multiple description coding in Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks, to the applications in wireless networks and the recent trends in cross-layer optimization.
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Network Coding Theory

The demand for high quality multimedia content anytime anywhere is greater than ever with the development of the Internet, and the wide deployment of wireless technologies and more computational capable devices. The benefits of network coding make it very suitable for the diffusion of information in real networks. Protocols for future communications may benefit from incorporating these new techniques in order to meet the increasing demands of multimedia content as well as the constraints of the networks.

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