Media Operations Use Case for an Augmented Reality Application on Edge Computing Infrastructure

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MOPS                                                          R. Krishna
Internet-Draft                               InterDigital Europe Limited
Intended status: Informational                                 A. Rahman
Expires: September 26, 2021             InterDigital Communications, LLC
                                                          March 25, 2021

 Media Operations Use Case for an Augmented Reality Application on Edge
                        Computing Infrastructure


   A use case describing transmission of an application on the Internet
   that has several unique characteristics of Augmented Reality (AR)
   applications is presented for the consideration of the Media
   Operations (MOPS) Working Group.  One key requirement identified is
   that the Adaptive-Bit-Rate (ABR) algorithms' current usage of
   policies based on heuristics and models is inadequate for AR
   applications running on the Edge Computing infrastructure.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Conventions used in this document . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Use Case  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.1.  Processing of Scenes  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.2.  Generation of Images  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   5.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8

1.  Introduction

   The MOPS draft, [I-D.ietf-mops-streaming-opcons], provides an
   overview of operational networking issues that pertain to Quality of
   Experience (QoE) in delivery of video and other high-bitrate media
   over the Internet.  However, as it does not cover the increasingly
   large number of applications with Augmented Reality (AR)
   characteristics and their requirements on ABR algorithms, the
   discussion in this draft compliments the overview presented in that
   draft [I-D.ietf-mops-streaming-opcons].

   Future AR applications will bring several requirements for the
   Internet and the mobile devices running these applications.  AR
   applications require a real-time processing of video streams to
   recognize specific objects.  This is then used to overlay information
   on the video being displayed to the user.  In addition some AR
   applications will also require generation of new video frames to be
   played to the user.  Both the real-time processing of video streams
   and the generation of overlay information are computationally
   intensive tasks that generate heat [DEV_HEAT_1], [DEV_HEAT_2] and
   drain battery power [BATT_DRAIN] on the AR mobile device.
   Consequently, in order to run future applications with AR
   characteristics on mobile devices, computationally intensive tasks
   need to be offloaded to resources provided by Edge Computing.

   Edge Computing is an emerging paradigm where computing resources and
   storage are made available in close network proximity at the edge of
   the Internet to mobile devices and sensors [EDGE_1], [EDGE_2].

   Adaptive-Bit-Rate (ABR) algorithms currently base their policy for
   bit-rate selection on heuristics or models of the deployment
   environment that do not account for the environment's dynamic nature

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   in use cases such as the one we present in this document.
   Consequently, the ABR algorithms perform sub-optimally in such
   deployments [ABR_1].

2.  Conventions used in this document

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

3.  Use Case

   We now descibe a use case that involves an application with AR
   systems' characteristics.  Consider a group of tourists who are being
   conducted in a tour around the historical site of the Tower of
   London.  As they move around the site and within the historical
   buildings, they can watch and listen to historical scenes in 3D that
   are generated by the AR application and then overlaid by their AR
   headsets onto their real-world view.  The headset then continuously
   updates their view as they move around.

   The AR application first processes the scene that the walking tourist
   is watching in real-time and identifies objects that will be targeted
   for overlay of high resolution videos.  It then generates high
   resolution 3D images of historical scenes related to the perspective
   of the tourist in real-time.  These generated video images are then
   overlaid on the view of the real-world as seen by the tourist.

   We now discuss this processsing of scenes and generation of high
   resolution images in greater detail.

3.1.  Processing of Scenes

   The AR application that runs on the mobile device needs to first
   track the pose (coordinates and orientation) of the user's head, eyes
   and the objects that are in view.This requires tracking natural
   features and developing an annotated point cloud based model that is
   then stored in a database.To ensure that this database can be scaled
   up,techniques such as combining a client side simultaneous tracking
   and mapping and a server-side localization are used[SLAM_1],
   [SLAM_2], [SLAM_3], [SLAM_4].  Once the natural features are tracked,
   virtual objects are geometrically aligned with those features.This is
   followed by resolving occlusion that can occur between virtual and
   the real objects [OCCL_1], [OCCL_2].

   The next step for the AR apllication is to apply photometric
   registration [PHOTO_REG].  This requires aligning the brightness and
   color between the virtual and real objects.Additionally, algorithms

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   that calculate global illumination of both the virtual and real
   objects [GLB_ILLUM_1], [GLB_ILLUM_2] are executed.Various algorithms
   to deal with artifacts generated by lens distortion [LENS_DIST], blur
   [BLUR], noise [NOISE] etc are also required.

3.2.  Generation of Images

   The AR application must generate a high-quality video that has the
   properties descibed in the previous step and overlay the video on the
   AR device's display- a step called situated visualization.  This
   entails dealing with registration errors that may arise, esuring that
   there is no visual interference [VIS_INTERFERE], and finally
   maintaining temporal coherence by adapting to the movement of user's
   eyes and head.

4.  Requirements

   The components of AR applications perform tasks such as real-time
   generation and processing of high-quality video content that are
   computationally intensive.  As a result,on AR devices such as AR
   glasses excessive heat is generated by the chip-sets that are
   involved in the computation [DEV_HEAT_1], [DEV_HEAT_2].
   Additionally, the battery on such devices discharges quickly when
   running such applications [BATT_DRAIN].

   A solution to the heat dissipation and battery drainge problem is to
   offload the processing and video generation tasks to the remote
   cloud.However, running such tasks on the cloud is not feasible as the
   end-to-end delays must be within the order of a few milliseconds.
   Additionally,such applications require high bandwidth and low jitter
   to provide a high QoE to the user.In order to achieve such hard
   timing constraints, computationally intensive tasks can be offloaded
   to Edge devices.

   Note that the Edge device providing the computation and storage is
   itself limited in such resources compared to the Cloud.  So, for
   example, a sudden surge in demand from a large group of tourists can
   overwhelm that device.  This will result in a degraded user
   experience as their AR device experiences delays in receiving the
   video frames.  In order to deal with this problem, the client AR
   applications will need to use Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) algorithms that
   choose bit-rates policies tailored in a fine-grained manner to the
   resource demands and playback the videos with appropriate QoE metrics
   as the user moves around with the group of tourists.

   However, heavy-tailed nature of several operational parameters make
   prediction-based adaptation by ABR algorithms sub-optimal[ABR_2].
   This is because with such distributions, law of large numbers works

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   too slowly, the mean of sample does not equal the mean of
   distribution, and as a result standard deviation and variance are
   unsuitable as metrics for such operational parameters [HEAVY_TAIL_1],
   [HEAVY_TAIL_2].  Other subtle issues with these distributions include
   the "expectation paradox" [HEAVY_TAIL_1] where the longer we have
   waited for an event the longer we have to wait and the issue of
   mismatch between the size and count of events [HEAVY_TAIL_1].  This
   makes designing an algorithm for adaptation error-prone and
   challenging.  Such operational parameters include but are not limited
   to buffer occupancy, throughput, client-server latency, and variable
   transmission times.In addition, edge devices and communication links
   may fail and logical communication relationships between various
   software components change frequently as the user moves around with
   their AR device [UBICOMP].

   Thus, once the offloaded computationally intensive processing is
   completed on the Edge Computing, the video is streamed to the user
   with the help of an ABR algorithm which needs to meet the following
   requirements [ABR_1]:

   o  Dynamically changing ABR parameters: The ABR algorithm must be
      able to dynamically change parameters given the heavy-tailed
      nature of network throughput.  This, for example, may be
      accomplished by AI/ML processing on the Edge Computing on a per
      client or global basis.

   o  Handling conflicting QoE requirements: QoE goals often require
      high bit-rates, and low frequency of buffer refills.  However in
      practice, this can lead to a conflict between those goals.  For
      example, increasing the bit-rate might result in the need to fill
      up the buffer more frequently as the buffer capacity might be
      limited on the AR device.  The ABR algorithm must be able to
      handle this situation.

   o  Handling side effects of deciding a specific bit rate: For
      example, selecting a bit rate of a particular value might result
      in the ABR algorithm not changing to a different rate so as to
      ensure a non-fluctuating bit-rate and the resultant smoothness of
      video quality . The ABR algorithm must be able to handle this

5.  Informative References

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   [ABR_2]    Yan, F., Ayers, H., Zhu, C., Fouladi, S., Hong, J., Zhang,
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              Seneviratne, S., Hu, Y., Nguyen, T., Lan, G., Khalifa, S.,
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   [BLUR]     Kan, P. and H. Kaufmann, "Physically-Based Depth of Field
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              LiKamWa, R., Wang, Z., Carroll, A., Lin, F., and L. Zhong,
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              Matsuhashi, K., Kanamoto, T., and A. Kurokawa, "Thermal
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   [EDGE_1]   Satyanarayanan, M., "The Emergence of Edge Computing",
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   [EDGE_2]   Satyanarayanan, M., Klas, G., Silva, M., and S. Mangiante,
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              Crovella, M. and B. Krishnamurthy, "Internet measurement:
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              Taleb, N., "The Statistical Consequences of Fat Tails",
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   [SLAM_1]   Ventura, J., Arth, C., Reitmayr, G., and D. Schmalstieg,
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Authors' Addresses

   Renan Krishna
   InterDigital Europe Limited
   64, Great Eastern Street
   London  EC2A 3QR
   United Kingdom


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   Akbar Rahman
   InterDigital Communications, LLC
   1000 Sherbrooke Street West
   Montreal  H3A 3G4


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