Optimization of Cross-Layer Network Data based on Multimedia Application Requirements

Tasnim Rahman, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


This thesis proposes a convex network utility maximization (NUM) problem that can be solved to optimize a cross-layer network based on user and system defined requirements for quality and link capacity of multimedia applications. The problem can also be converged to a distributed solution using dual decomposition. Current techniques do not address the changing system's requirements for the network in addition to the user's requirements for an application when optimizing a cross-layer network, but rather focus on optimizing a dynamic network to conform to a real-time application or for a specific performance. Optimizing the cross-layer network for the changing system and user requirements allows a more accurate optimization of the overall cross-layer network of any given multi-node, ad-hoc wireless application for data transmission quality and link capacity to meet overall mission demands.