Real-Time Resource Availability Signaling in IP Multimedia Subsystem Networks


IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) allows the use of unlicensed, non-dedicated and nondeterministic access networks for delivering IP multimedia services. Providing end-to-end Quality-of-Service (QoS) for resource demanding real-time services (e.g. real-time multimedia) over such networks is a challenging task due to varying resource availability of the network and the end-device during a single session . A common solution to this problem is adapting service quality and type according to availability of system resources, which requires end-to-end monitoring and signaling of resource availability during a single session. This paper presents an extension of the IMS architecture for real-time resource availability monitoring and signaling. The novelty of the proposed extension is twofold. It takes into account uncon-trolled access networks with no resource reservation on the one hand, and end devices on the other. Two system archi-tecture components are introduced for monitoring and signaling of the real-time resource availability in both networks (e.g. bandwidth, buffer space), and end-devices (e.g. battery, CPU, memory, storage), namely a Resource Manager (RM) and a Resource Availability Server (RAS). Our solution does not require any modifications of the IMS architec-ture and can be implemented as a plug-in.

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T. Ozcelebi, I. Radovanovic and D. Sengupta, "Real-Time Resource Availability Signaling in IP Multimedia Subsystem Networks," Journal of Service Science and Management, Vol. 1 No. 2, 2008, pp. 128-134. doi: 10.4236/jssm.2008.12013.

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