Burstiness-aware bandwidth reservation for ultra-reliable and low-latency communications in tactile internet

Zhanwei Hou, Changyang She, Yonghui Li, Tony Q.S. Quek, Branka Vucetic

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The Tactile Internet that will enable humans to remotely control objects in real time by tactile sense has recently drawn significant attention from both academic and industrial communities. Ensuring ultra-reliable and low-latency communications with limited bandwidth is crucial for Tactile Internet. Recent studies found that the packet arrival processes in Tactile Internet are very bursty. This observation enables us to design a spectrally efficient resource management protocol to meet the stringent delay and reliability requirements while minimizing the bandwidth usage. In this paper, both model-based and data-driven unsupervised learning methods are applied in classifying the packet arrival process of each user into high or low traffic states, so that we can design efficient bandwidth reservation schemes accordingly. However, when the traffic-state classification is inaccurate, it is very challenging to satisfy the ultra-high reliability requirement. To tackle this problem, we formulate an optimization problem to minimize the reserved bandwidth subject to the delay and reliability requirements by taking into account the classification errors. Simulation results show that the proposed methods can save 40%-70% bandwidth compared with the conventional method that is not aware of burstiness, while guaranteeing the delay and reliability requirements. Our results are further validated by the practical packet arrival processes acquired from experiments using a real tactile hardware device.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8482454
Pages (from-to)2401-2410
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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