Near-optimal one-sided scheduling for coded segmented network coding

Bin Tang, Shenghao Yang, Baoliu Ye, Song Guo, Sanglu Lu

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As a variation of random linear network coding, segmented network coding (SNC) has attracted great interest in data dissemination over lossy networks due to its low computational cost. In order to guarantee the success of decoding, SNC can adopt a feedbackless forward error correction (FEC) approach by applying a linear block code to the input packets before segmentation at the source node. In particular, if the empirical rank distribution of transfer matrices of segments is known in advance, several classes of coded SNC can achieve close-to-optimal decoding performance. However, the empirical rank distribution in the absence of feedback has been little investigated yet, making the whole performance of the FEC approach unknown. To close this gap, in this paper, we present the first comprehensive study on the transmission scheduling issue for the FEC approach, aiming at optimizing the rank distribution of transfer matrices with little control overhead. We propose an efficient adaptive scheduling framework for coded SNC in lossy unicast networks. This framework is one-sided (i.e., each network node forwards the segments adaptively only according to its own state) and scalable (i.e., its buffer cost will not keep on growing when the number of input packets goes to infinity). The performance of the framework is further optimized based on a linear programming approach. Extensive numerical results show that our framework performs near-optimally with respect to the empirical rank distribution.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7110514
Pages (from-to)929-939
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Computers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • forward error correction
  • Random linear network coding
  • scheduling strategy
  • segmented network coding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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