Power-aware mobile multimedia: A survey (Invited Paper)

Jiucai Zhang*, Dalei Wu, Song Ci, Haohong Wang, Aggelos K. Katsaggelos

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With the fast-paced development of computing technologies, mobile devices have almost sufficient computation and communication capabilities to support mobile multimedia applications such as multimedia streaming, VoIP, and mobile TV. However, most existing mobile devices are powered by battery with limited energy resource. To support multimedia on battery-powered mobile devices, how to efficiently utilize the limited power source and other limited network resources has become one of the major challenges in mobile multimedia system design. It has been shown that achieving a satisfactory user experience needs a systematic consideration of both video source adaptation and network transmission adaptation, indicating that the core of mobile multimedia system design is how to achieve a good balance of the power consumption between computation usage and communication usage. In other words, it depends on how to jointly select video source parameters and channel parameters based on the video content characteristics, available network resources, and underlying network conditions, given the fact that the power management schemes as well as the nonlinear battery effects also affect the system power consumption of mobile devices. In this paper, we review the recent advances in power-aware mobile multimedia, especially the adaptation technologies applied in video coding and delivery. In addition, the major research challenges in the field are demonstrated and discussed, which include power-management for mobile devices, rate-distortion-complexity optimized video codec design, and computational complexity and power aware cross-layer design and optimization. At the end, we propose a number of future research directions for audiences to continue investigation in this field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)600-613
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Communications
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2009


  • Cross-layer design and optimization
  • H.264
  • Joint source-channel coding
  • Power adaptation
  • Power management
  • Power-aware multimedia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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