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ALTO                                                            W. Huang
Internet Draft                                                  Y. Zhang
Intended  status: Proposed Standard                              Tencent
Expires: January 2021                                             R.Yang
                                                         Yale University
                                                                C. Xiong
                                                                  Y. Lei
                                                                  Y. Han
                                                                   G. Li
                                                           July 13, 2020

                   MoWIE for Network Aware Application


   With the quick deployment of 5G networks in the world, cloud based
   interactive services such as clouding gaming have gained substantial
   attention and are regarded as potential killer applications. To
   ensure users' quality of experience (QoE), a cloud interactive
   service may require not only high bandwidth (e.g., high-resolution
   media transmission) but also low delay (e.g., low latency and low
   lagging). However, the bandwidth and delay experienced by a mobile
   and wireless user can be dynamic, as a function of many factors, and
   unhandled changes can substantially compromise users' QoE. In this
   document, we investigate network-aware applications (NAA), which
   realize cloud based interactive services with improved QoE, by
   efficient utilization of Mobile and Wireless Information Exposure
   (MoWIE) . In particular, this document demonstrates, through
   realistic evaluations, that mobile network information such as MCS
   (Modulation and Coding Scheme) can effectively expose the dynamicity
   of the underlying network and can be made available to applications
   through MoWIE; using such information, the applications can then
   adapt key control knobs such as media codec scheme, encapsulation
   and application logical function to minimize QoE deduction. Based on
   the evaluations, we discuss how MoWIE can be a systematic extension
   of the ALTO protocol, to expose more lower-layer and finer grain
   network dynamics.

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Table of Contents

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   1. Introduction of Network-aware Applications.......................3
   2. Use Cases of Network-Aware Application (NAA).....................5
     2.1. Cloud Gaming.................................................5
     2.2. Low Delay Live Show..........................................5
     2.3. Cloud VR.....................................................6
     2.4. Performance Requirements of these Use Cases..................6
   3. Current (Indirect) Technologies on NAA...........................7
     3.1. Video Compression Based on ROI (Region of Interest)..........7
     3.2. AI-based Adaptive Bitrate....................................8
   4. Preliminary Improvement Based on MoWIE...........................9
     4.1. ROI Detection with Network Information......................11
     4.2. Adaptive Bitrate with Network Capability Exposure...........13
     4.3. Analysis of the Experiments.................................15
   5. Standardization Considerations of MoWIE as an Extension to ALTO.17
   6. Security Considerations.........................................18
   7. References......................................................18
     7.1. Normative References........................................18
     7.2. Informative References......................................19
   Authors' Addresses.................................................20

1. Introduction of Network-aware Applications

   With the quick and widely deployment of 5G network in the world,
   more and more applications are now moving to the remote cloud-based
   application, e.g., cloud office, cloud education and cloud gaming.

   Some new and amazing applications are created and hosted in the
   remote cloud, e.g., cloud AR/VR/MR. What's more a lot of traditional
   niche interactive applications are becoming widely used in daily
   business with the help of mobile network and cloud, e.g., cloud
   video conference. Especially, during the coronavirus pandemic in
   2020, many peoples have to stay at home and work/study remotely, the
   usage of cloud applications, including cloud-based online courses,
   cloud-based conferencing, and cloud gaming, has surged significant.

   To provide acceptable QoE to the end users via the mobile network,
   the cloud application needs to know the mobile network status, e.g.,
   delay, bandwidth, jitter to dynamically balance the generated media
   traffic and the rendering/mixing in the cloud. Currently, the
   application assumes the network as a black box and continuously uses
   client or server measurement to detect the network characteristics,
   and then adaptively change the parameters as well as logical
   function of the application. However, when only application
   information is utilized, the application can't guarantee a good QoE
   in some cases. First, information from application side may have
   delay. When a user enters some place with bad network such as
   elevator or underground garage, the application will not receive

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   such information immediately. As a result, the buffer of video
   application may have a high chance to run out. Then the screen will
   freeze and users QoE will be harmed. Besides, the application does
   not have information about other users in the cell. Thus, it can't
   know how many resources it can get and when it will change. If other
   users enter the cell and compete the resource, the application layer
   may misjudge the resource and request a high bitrate. Then the delay
   will increase and QoE will drop. Some information from network layer
   like physical resource block (PRB) information and utilization rate
   can help to describe how many resources the user will get and how
   many users are competing with him. Such information is helpful to
   predict the network and streaming videos. However, the application
   can't get those kinds of information yet.

   Mobile network is always pursuing standard solutions to get network
   dynamic indicators that can be used by applications. In 3GPP, a lot
   of IP-based QoE mechanism are reused. The ECN[RFC3168] has been
   supported by the 4G radio station (eNB) to provide CE(Congestion
   Encountered) information to the IMS application to perform the
   Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) [TS26.114].The application can downgrade the
   bit rate after receiving the CE indication, but does not know exact
   bit rate to be selected. The DSCP[RFC2474] is used to difference the
   QoS class and paging strategy[TS23.501],normally the application
   cannot dynamically change the DSCP to improve bit rate based on the
   network status. DASH [MPEG DASH] is a MPEG standard widely used for
   the application to detect the throughput of the network based on the
   current throughput and buffering states and adaptively select the
   next segment of video streaming with a suitable bitrate in order to
   avoid the re-buffering. SAND-DASH[TS26.247] defines the mechanism
   that the network/server can provide available throughput to the
   application, in such case, the better bitrate can be selected by DASH

   In 5G cellular networks, network capability exposure has been
   specified which allows the 5G system to expose the QoS Flow
   establishment with AF provided QoS requirements, user device
   location, network status towards the 3rd party application servers
   modeled as AF (Application Function) [TS23.501].In such case, the AF
   can request the 5G to establish a dedicated QoS Flow to transport an
   IP flow with the AF provided QoS requirements. The 5G also can
   provide QNC (QoS Notification Control) to the AF if the
   GBR(Guaranteed Bitrate) of the established GBR QoS Flow cannot be
   fulfilled, and the AF can change the bitrate after receiving the QNC
   notification. But the AF still does not know which bitrate to be
   selected. So the 5G enhances the QNC with providing a list of
   AQPs(alternative QoS profile). with this AQP, the 5G network provides
   a subset of supported AQPs with the QNC, then the AF selects a bit

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   rate from 5G network supported AQPs, in such case, the GBR can
   fulfilled again if the radio state of user is changed. QoS
   predication is realized by network function inside 5GC to collect and
   analyze the status and parameters from the 5G network entities, and
   deliver the analytics results towards the entity such as application
   server.  However, both network capability exposure and QoS
   predication solutions are designed for 5G access and core network,
   which cannot cover the whole end-to-end network. How to enable the
   application to be aware of the lower layer networks in Internet
   scenario is an important area for both industrial and academic

2. Use Cases of Network-Aware Application (NAA)

   There are three typical NAAs, cloud gaming, low delay live show, and
   cloud VR, whose QoE can be largely enhanced with the help of MoWIE.

2.1. Cloud Gaming

   As mentioned above, cloud gaming becomes more and more popular
   recently. This kind of games requires low latency and highly reliable
   transmission of motion tracking data from user to gaming server in
   the cloud, as well as low latency and high data rate transmission of
   processed visual content from gaming server cloud to the user
   devices. Cloud gaming is regarded as one major killer application as
   well as traffic contributor to wireless and cellular networks
   including 5G. The major advantages of cloud gaming are easy & quick
   starting (no/less need to download and install big volume of software
   in the user device), less cost and process load in user device and it
   is also regarded as anti-cheating measure. Thus, the kind of gaming
   becomes a competitive replacement for console gaming using cheaper PC
   or laptop. In order to support high quality cloud gaming services,
   the application need to get the information from the network layer,
   e.g., the data rate value or range which lower layer can provide in
   order to perform rendering and encoding, during which the application
   in the cloud can adopt different parameters to adjust the size of
   produced visual content within a time period.

2.2. Low Delay Live Show

   In 2019, over 500 million active users were using online personal
   live show services in China and there are 4 million simultaneous
   online audience watching a celebrity's show. Low delay live show
   requires the close interaction between application and network.

   Compared with conventional broadcast services. This service is
   interactive which means the audience can be involved and they are
   able to provide feedback to the anchor. For example, a gaming show

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   broadcasts the gaming playing to all audience, and it also requires
   playing game interaction between the anchor and the audience. A delay
   lower than 100ms is desired. If the delay is too large, there will be
   undesirable degradation on user experiences especially in a large-
   scale show. To lower the latency and provide size-adjustable show
   content, the application also requires the real-time lower layer

2.3. Cloud VR

   Cloud VR data volume is large which is related to different parameter
   settings like DoF (Degree of Freedom), resolution and adopted
   rendering and compression algorithm. The rendering can be performed
   at the cloud/network side or a mix of the cloud and the user device
   side. Because the latency in cloud VR is even as low as 20ms, the
   application may need to interact with network to get the information
   about the segmentation or transport block information, and these
   lower layers information may be dependent on different layer 2 and
   layer 3 wireless protocol designs.

2.4. Performance Requirements of these Use Cases

   There are different bandwidth, latency and lagging requirements for
   the above services which are characterized as parameter range.  The
   reason of using a range is because such requirements are related to a
   group of parameter settings including resolution, frame rate and the
   compression mechanism. We consider 1080p~4K as the resolution range,
   60-120 FPS (Frames per second) as the frame rate and H.265 as an
   example compression algorithm.  The end-to-end latency requirement is
   not only related to FPS but also the property of the service, i.e.,
   for weak interactive and strong interactive services [GSMA].

   With the typical parameters setting, cloud gaming generally needs a
   bandwidth of 20~60 Mbps , we also consider the lagging significantly
   happens when the latency is larger than 40~200ms, depending on the
   types of games (e.g. 40ms for First Person Shoot games, 80ms for
   Action games, and 200ms for Puzzle games).. In order to avoid bad
   user experiences, the lagging rate is better to be as low as zero (in
   an optimal QoE). For low latency live show, 20~50 Mbps bandwidth may
   be needed and the end-to-end latency requirements is less than 100
   ms.  Cloud VR service generally requires 100~500 Mbps bandwidth and
   20~50 ms end-to-end latency. It is noted that these values are
   dependent with the parameter settings and they are provided to
   illustrate the order of magnitude of these parameters for the afore-
   mentioned use cases.  These value range may be updated according to
   specific scenarios and requirements.

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3. Current (Indirect) Technologies on NAA

   The applications have tried to increase QoE with the help of network
   information captured from the application layer to guess the network
   dynamics, such as bitrate, buffer status, packet loss rate and so on.

   For example, adaptive bitrate (ABR) and buffer control methods to
   reduce delay, and application layer forward error scheme (AL-FEC) to
   avoid packet losing are proposed. This document focuses on two novel
   approaches, which have achieved good performance in practice. One is
   video encoding based on ROI, the other is reinforcement learning
   based adaptive bitrate.

3.1. Video Compression Based on ROI (Region of Interest)

   A foveated mechanism [Saccadic] in the Human Visual System indicates
   that only small fovea region captures most visual attention at high
   resolution, while other peripheral regions receive little attention
   at low resolution. And we call those regions which attract users
   most, the regions of interest (ROI)[Fahad].

   To predict human attention or ROI, saliency detection has been widely
   studied in recent years [Borji], with a lot of applications in object
   recognition, object segmentation, action recognition, image caption,
   image/video compression, etc.

   Since there exists the region of interest in a video, the cloud
   server can give the ROI region higher rate while making other regions
   a lower rate. As a result, the whole rate of the video is reduced
   while the watching experience will not be harmed.

   This method means to detect the ROI and re-allocate the coding scheme
   for interested and non-interested regions in order to save the
   bandwidth without sacrificing user's QoE. In recent years, the ever-
   increasing video size has become a big problem to applications. The
   data rate of a cloud gaming video in 1080P can reach 25Mbps, which
   brings huge burden to the network, even for 5G network. Those ROI-
   based video compression methods are mainly applied to the high
   concurrency network to relive the burden of networks and then keep
   QoE in an acceptable range.

   However, current methods utilize application information like
   application rate and application buffer size as the indicators to
   roughly adjust the algorithm in interactive video services. That
   information is hard to reflect the real-time network status
   precisely. Therefore, it is hard to balance the QoE and bandwidth
   saving in real-time scenario. More direct information is helpful for
   those ROI methods to improve the performance.

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3.2. AI-based Adaptive Bitrate

   This method intends to reduce lagging and ensure the acceptable
   picture quality.

   Applications such as video live streaming and cloud gaming employ
   adaptive bitrate (ABR) algorithms to optimize user QoE [MPC][ CS2P].

   Despite the abundance of recently proposed schemes, state-of-the-art
   AI based ABR algorithms suffer from a key limitation. They use fixed
   control rules based on simplified or inaccurate models of the
   deployment environment. As a result, existing schemes inevitably fail
   to achieve optimal performance across a broad set of network
   conditions and QoE objectives.

   A reinforcement learning based ABR algorithm named Pensieve was
   proposed [Hongzi] recently. Unlike traditional ABR algorithms that
   use fixed heuristics or inaccurate system models, Pensieve's ABR
   algorithms are generated using observations of the resulting
   performance of past decisions across a large number of video
   streaming experiments. This allows Pensieve to optimize its policy
   for different network characteristics and QoE metrics directly from
   experience. Over a broad set of network conditions and QoE metrics,
   it has been proven that Pensieve outperformed existing ABR algorithms
   by 12%~25%.

   For this method and those methods built upon this, it has been proven
   that all the information, such as rate, download time, buffer size or
   network level information which can reflect the performance are
   useful to the reinforcement learning [Hongzi2]. Since those data can
   reflect the network dynamics, they have been used to help the
   applications to know how to change the rate and promote the users'

   However, all these data are obtained from the client side or the
   server side. In reality, it is not easy to obtain such data in an
   effective and efficient way. Lack of standardized approach to acquire
   these data, is difficult to make this usable for different
   applications for large scale deployment. Meanwhile, these data which
   reflect the real-time network status change rapidly and randomly
   which is hard to use a theoretical model to characterize.

   To summarize, current practices can make some improvements by
   indirectly measuring network status and react in the application.

   However, the network status data is not rich, direct, real-time, also
   lacks predictability, especially when in the mobile and wireless
   network scenarios, which results in long react delay or high QoE

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4. Preliminary QoE Improvement Based on MoWIE

4.1. MoWIE Architecture and Network Information exposure

   The fundamental idea of MoWIE is to achieve on demand and periodic
   network information from network to applications, helping the service
   provider to do a better policy control to improve user experience.

   A possible MoWIE architecture include three core components, the
   Client Application, the Mobile Network and the Application Server.

   The raw data are collected firstly from the radio network and core
   network and then further processing on these collected data and
   exposed Network information are provided to the application Server.

   These functions are defined as  The network information service
   (NIS)and the NIS can be deployed at MEC (Mobile Edge Computing). The
   application server can send the NIS request on UE/Cell level
   information, and obtain the NIS response on network information from
   the mobile network. After user data pre-processing, the application
   server will make best use of the network information  to perform
   analytics and directly influent the application functions e.g. bit
   rate, data amount etc.

   Typically, the network information includes two types of information
   as below:

   Cell level Information:

   -  The number of Downlink PRBs (Physical Resource Block) occupied
      during sampling period; and
   -  the Downlink MAC data rate per cell;
   UE level information (without privacy information):

   -  The Uplink SINR (Signal to Inference plus Noise Ratio);
   -  MCS: The index of MCS (Modulation and Coding Scheme);
   -  The number of packets occupied in PDCP buffer; The number of Downlink PDCP SDU packets;
   -  The number of PDCP SDU packets lost;
   -  The Downlink MAC data rate per UE.

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4.2.  RAN assisted TCP optimization based on MoWIE

   The RAN information are used to assist TCP sending window adjustment
   rather than traditional transport layer measurement and
   acknowledgement. The RAN proactively predicts available radio
   bandwidth and the buffer status per UE in a time granularity of RTT
   level (e.g. 100ms) and then piggybacks such information in TCP ACK.

   We have conducted trial in real mobile network. It is observed that
   for the UE with good SINR, the throughput is significantly improved
   by nearly 100%, and the UE with medium SINR can achieve
   approximately 50% gain.

4.3. NAA QoE Test based on MoWIE

   Different from traditional video streaming, cloud gaming has no
   buffer to accommodate and re-arrange the received data. It must
   display the stream once the stream is received. Any late stream is of
   no use for the player. Cloud gaming performs not well in the existing
   public 4G network according to our actual measurements. The end to
   end delay is often greater than 100ms for a gaming client in Shenzhen
   to a gaming server in Shanghai, coupled with the codec delay. Here
   the delay is defined as the total delay from the user's operation
   instruction to show the response picture on user's screen.

   Once the network fluctuates, users will experience a longer delay.

   The poor user experience is not only because of the relative low
   network throughput, but also because the server cannot adapt the
   application logical policies (e.g. codec scheme and data bitrate).

   The popularity of 4K and even higher resolution and increasing FPS
   for cloud gaming and AR/VR services require both high bandwidth and
   low latency in wireless and cellular networks. The increasing
   resolution would incur a higher encoding and decoding delay. However,
   users' tolerance to delay will not increase with the resolution,
   which means the application needs to adapt to the network dynamics in
   a more efficient way. The higher resolution, the larger range of the
   rate adaptation can be used.

   In this section, we make experiments based on the methods described
   in section 3 to improve the QoE of cloud gaming. The performance
   between network-aware and native non-network-aware mechanisms are

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4.4. ROI Detection with Network Information

   The first experiment is based on the ROI detection. We will
   investigate the impact of network perception.

   Saliency detection method has successfully reduced the size of videos
   and improve the QoE of users in video downloading [Saliency].

   However, it is not effective when applied to real-time interactive
   streaming such as cloud gaming.

   As we know, more accurate saliency region detection algorithm needs
   more time to obtain the result. However, when the users are suffering
   a bad performance network in cloud gaming, this precise detection may
   incur more delay to the system. As a result, it will harm the final

   If the application can learn the network well in a real-time manner,
   it can choose the algorithm based on how much delay the system can
   tolerate. If the network condition is good enough, it can adopt an
   algorithm which has deeper learning network and the added delay will
   not be perceived by the end users. Thus, it can save huge bandwidth
   without harming the QoE. On the other side, in a network with bad
   condition, the server can use the fastest method to avoid extra

   We make the experiments to show how the network information will
   influence the total QoE and bandwidth saving in ROI detection.

   The following 4 methods are compared:

   1) The original video, without using ROI method. This acts as a

   2) Quick saliency detection and encoding method, which is not
   accuracy in some cases. It only brings 10ms delay [Minbarrier].

   3) A relative accuracy saliency detection method. In general, if an
   algorithm is more precise, it will take more time to get the results.

   And the complexity of the picture will also influence the detection
   time and accuracy. Based on our test video, we adopt the method which
   brings delay about 40~70ms [LSTM].

   4) The application server in the cloud has the current bandwidth
   information which derived from the wireless LAN NIC. Here it is a
   simulation that all the collected bandwidth traces are already known
   by the server. Thus, it can use the bandwidth traces to compute
   transmission delay. Then the server can change the saliency detection

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   algorithm based on this information and then encode the video.

   Although the result of future bandwidth prediction is not always
   accurate in real environment, the assumption here will not influence
   the final results much. Since in cloud gaming the server encodes the
   stream based on ROI information frame by frame instead of in a grain
   of chunks, the future bandwidth prediction window size doesn't have
   to be long. Therefore, even the server can only get the bandwidth or
   delay prediction for a short time window, the server can still use
   this method with network information.

   Test environment:

   A 720P game video segment with a rate of 6.8Mbps. This is not a very
   high bandwidth requirement example in cloud gaming. We just show how
   it will benefit from MoWIE. High bandwidth requirement case will
   benefit more if the bandwidth fluctuates much.

   The three different networks are all wireless networks and the
   available bandwidth is varied frequently, where
   Network 1: The overall network condition is not very good, the
   average network bandwidth is 7.1Mbps, but it continues to fluctuate,
   and the minimum is only 3.9Mbps.

   Network 2: The overall network condition is good, with an average
   network bandwidth of 12Mbps and a minimum of 6.4Mbps.

   Network 3: The network fluctuates dramatically, with an average
   network bandwidth of 8.4Mbps and a minimum network bandwidth of

   Test content:

   The four methods are conducted on the original video under each three
   networks. After re-encoding based on the saliency detection, we
   calculate the new QoE and the saved bandwidth. The results are shown
   in the Figure 4-1:

   The QoE value is the MOS as standardized in the ITU.

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       |   |    Network 1    |    Network 2    |    Network 3    |
       |   |QoE|  BW Saving  |QoE|  BW Saving  |QoE|  BW Saving  |
       | 1 |3.8|      0      |4.8|      0      |4.3|     0       |
       | 2 |3.8|     5%      |4.8|     9%      |4.3|    7%       |
       | 3 |2.2|    2.1%     |4.6|     38%     |3.1|    34%      |
       | 4 |3.6|     9%      |4.7|     33%     |4.3|    25%      |
                  Figure 4-1: QoE and Bandwidth Saving


   It can be seen that the methods such as method 2 and method 3 that do
   not rely on the network information directly, have certain

   Though the method 2 is simple and time-consuming, it can only detect
   a small part of region of interest accurately. Thus, even if the
   network condition is very good, it can only save a small amount of
   bandwidth, and sometimes there are some incorrect ROI detection. The
   QoE will be reduced without hitting the ROI region.

   For Method 3, the algorithm is complicated, and it can correctly
   detect the user's area of interest, so that it can re-allocate
   encoding scheme and save a lot of bandwidth. However, its algorithm
   will introduce higher delay. When the user network condition is poor,
   the extra delay will cause even worst user's QoE. Although the
   bandwidth is saved, it affects the user experience seriously.

   Method 4 is based on the application's awareness of the network. If
   the application can know certain network information, it can balance
   the complexity of the algorithm (introducing delay) and the accuracy
   of the algorithm (saving bandwidth) according to the actual network
   conditions. As can be seen from the experiment, method 4 can ensure
   the user's QoE and save the bandwidth greatly at the same time.

4.5. Adaptive Bitrate with Network Capability Exposure

   This experiment is AI-based rate adaption by utilizing the network
   information provided by the cellular base station (eNB) in cellular

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   Tencent has launched real network testing of NAA-enabled cloud gaming
   in China Mobile LTE network, with the enhancement in eNB supporting
   base station information exposure.

   To enable the NAA mechanism, some cellular network information from
   eNBs are collected in an adaptive interval based on the change rate
   of network status. There information is categorized in two levels,
   i.e., cell level and UE level. Cell level information are common for
   all the UEs under a serving LTE cell and UE level information is
   specific for different UEs. 3GPP LTE specifications have specified
   how the PDCP (Packet Data Convergence Protocol), RLC (Radio Link
   Control), MAC (Medium Access Control) and PHY (Physical) protocols
   operate and this information are very essential statistics from these
   protocol layers.

   It is noted that in NAA mechanism, as the network information is from
   eNB, and the eNB has the real-time information of radio link quality
   statistics and layer 1 and layer 2 operation information, NAA
   mechanism can expose rich information to upper layer, e.g., it is
   capable to differentiate packet loss and congestion, which is very
   helpful to the applications in practice.

   In order to compare the cases with and without NAA, the cloud gaming
   test environment is setup with 1080p resolution and around 20Mbps

   Test scenarios 1~5 are as follows.

   Test scenarios 1: Weak network. This scenario is the case where radio
   link quality is low, e.g., in cell edge area and the bandwidth is not
   able to serve cloud gaming.

   Test scenario 2: User competition scenario. This scenario is defined
   as the case when user amount is large thus the cellular network
   bandwidth cannot serve all the cloud gaming users.

   Test scenario 3-5: Other scenarios with random user movement trace
   and user distribution.

   Test method: To simplify to comparison, we just use the MCS (MCS
   index)  information derived from the eNB [TS38.214]. The information
   is provided directly to the application, and the application then
   adjusts the bit rate according to this information. Here, MCS index
   shows the modulation (e.g. QPSK, 16QAM,...) and the coding rate used
   during physical layer transmission, which is relevant to the real
   data rate per UE. The benchmark method is adopting a constant bit
   rate without any information to help it predicting the network

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   condition. We compare these scenarios and observe the reduction of
   delay when those eNB data are utilized.

   For different scenarios, the lagging rate is defined as the
   performance indicator. In our experiments, we assume lagging happens
   when transmission delay is greater than 200ms and lagging rate is
   defined as the ratio between the number of frames greater than 200ms
   and the total number of frames.

               |Test Scenario| Reduction of Lagging Rate|
               |     1       |           46%            |
               |     2       |           21%            |
               |     3       |           37%            |
               |     4       |           56%            |
               |     5       |           32%            |
                 Figure 4-2: Reduction of Lagging Rate

   It can be clearly seen that with the MCS information, the application
   can adjust the bit rate to decrease the lagging rate and then
   significantly improve the user QoE. In weak network scenario, 46%
   lagging can be avoided by NAA.

4.6. Analysis of the Experiments

   The above-mentioned technologies demonstrate the performance gain of
   NAA with MoWIE.

   Although application information can also help to predict the network
   and have already been used in adaptive bit rate methods, the
   application information is not as sensitive as eNB information at the
   very beginning in a lot of cases. For example, when more users enter
   the cell, the PRB information will first reflect that each user may
   get less bandwidth. However, the application information needs to
   react after there is a trend that the bitrate is decreasing. That is
   to say, the lower layer network information is more directly.

   Without MoWIE, the application cannot get the lower layer network
   information directly and then try to detect "blindly" to adapt to the
   dynamics of the lower layer network, which cannot meet the

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   requirements of cloud interactive applications like cloud gaming, low
   delay live show and Cloud VR.

   It is noted that the more real-time network resource status the
   application can learn, the better it can predict how much network
   resource it can use within a prediction time window. However, there
   is tradeoff between network information collection frequency and its
   load and feasibility to the network devices. In principle, the total
   network resource consumed for such network status reporting is also
   designed in light-weight manner, e.g., by properly controlling the
   interval of report and also the number of bits needed to convey the
   reported information elements. In our experiments, the network status
   information can be obtained in an adaptive interval based on the
   change rate of network status, in order to provide good prediction
   with less load introduced in the network.  In fact, not all scenarios
   need a very frequent information collection. If some information only
   changes in a very small range and won't influence the final decision,
   it is unnecessary to report such information all the time. However,
   if its value varies over the preset threshold, it will inform the
   application immediately.

   The distribution and impact of the exposed data to the performance
   gain for different algorithm needs to be further studied. This draft
   is to give a guidance to figure out what kind of data needs to be
   exposed during initial deployment of these mechanisms.

   In our current cloud gaming, the application information can help to
   reduce about 50% the lagging rate. The left 50% improvement room can
   be achieved by network information exposure with MoWIE. Actually, the
   effect of the two-layer information can be accumulated. However, due
   to current deployment limitation, we cannot collect the application
   information with the eNB information at the same time. Thus, in this
   version of the draft we compare the performance with and without
   MoWIE. We don't compare between application information assisted mode
   and network information assisted mode in this draft. This is our on-
   going work. Since both application and eNB information can reflect
   the network variation, we will compare the performance among
   application information assisted mode, network information assisted
   mode and the mode of utilizing both layer information.

5. It should be noticed that the previous mechanisms may also work on

   IEEE 802.11 standards (e.g. EHT), helping SP having a better
   understanding for the network environment between AP and STAs. Based
   on the fact that 802.11 devices are working on unlicensed spectrums,
   and easily influenced by adjacent unlicensed devices, duty cycle and
   related CQI information (e.g. MCS, bandwidth, and etc.) are

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   considered very important network information here.Standardization
   Considerations of MoWIE as an Extension to ALTO
   MoWIE can be a realistic, important extension to ALTO to serve the
   aforementioned use cases, in the setting of the newer generation (5G)
   of cellular network, which is a completely open IP based network
   where routers/UPF with IP connectivity will be deployed much closer
   to the users. One may consider not only the aforementioned cloud-
   based multimedia applications, but also other latency sensitive
   applications such as connected vehicles and automotive driving.

   Extending ALTO with MoWIE, therefore, may allow ALTO to expose lower
   layer network information to ensure higher application QoE for a wide
   spectrum of applications.

   One possible approach to standardizing the distribution of the
   network information used in the evaluations is to send such
   information as piggyback information in the datapath. One issue with
   datapath method is that MoWIE intends to convey more complex and rich
   information than current methods. To piggyback such complex and rich
   information in the datapath will take away a lot of datapath
   resource. But the datapath-based method can provide frequent changed
   network information and it is much easy to synchronize the network
   information and user data in the same time scale; Normally, there is
   less user data in the the uplink direction and the free "space"

   within the MTU can be used to piggyback the network informaiton to
   the application, in such case no additional create a second
   communicaiton channel between the application and network. However,
   the datapath design may bring out more limited privacy management,
   which is very important in MoWIE. The application cannot trust the
   network information if there is no message authentication mechanism
   for the piggyback network information. How the network inserts the
   network information in the data packet is also challengeable since a
   lot of transport layer protocol are encrypted and integration
   protected. Another method is to create an associated path aligned
   with datapath. Like the ICMP for IP and RTCP for RTP, this second
   path can be used to provide additional information associated with
   the datapath. But creating such second path is a big change to
   current widely used transport protocols and a lot of applications
   also need to change, this second path is also challengeable.

   In 3GPP, network information exposure based on control plane
   mechanism is introduced in 4G and 5G systems. We mainly discuss ALTO
   extension-based design in tackling with this problem. Specifically,
   the MoWIE extension will reuse existing ALTO mechanisms including
   information resource directory, extensible performance metrics and
   calendaring, and unified properties. It also requires modular,

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   reusable extensions, which we plan to specify in detail in a separate
   document. Below is an overview of key considerations; security
   considerations are in the following section.

   -  Network information selection and binding consideration: Instead of
   hardcoding only specific network information, a modular design of
   MoWIE is an ability for an ALTO client to select only the relevant
   information (e.g., cell DLOccupyPRBNum  metric and UE MCS) and then
   request correspondingly. Existing ALTO information resource
   directory is a starting point, but the design needs to be generic,
   to provide abstraction for ease of use and extensibility. The
   security mechanisms of the existing ALTO protocol should also be
   extended to enforce proper authorization.

   -  Compact network information encoding consideration: One benefit of
   ALTO is its high-level JSON based encoding. When the update
   frequency increases, the existing base protocol and existing
   extensions (in particular the SSE extension), however, may have
   high bandwidth and processing overhead. Hence, encoding and
   processing overhead of MoWIE should be considered.

   -  Stability and reliability consideration: A key benefit of the MoWIE
   extension is the ability to allow more flexible, better coordinated
   control. Any control mechanism, however, should integrate
   fundamental overhead, stability and reliability mechanisms. .

6. Security Considerations

   The collection, distribution of MoWIE information should consider the
   security requirements on information privacy and information
   integration protection and authentication in both sides. Since the
   network status is not directly related to any special user, there is
   currently no any privacy issue. But the information transmitted to
   the application can pass through a lot of middle box and can be
   changed by the man in the middle. To protect the network information,
   an end to end encryption and integration is needed. Also, the network
   needs to authenticate the information exposure provided to right
   applications. These security requirements can be implemented by the
   TLS and other security mechanisms.

7. References

7.1. Normative References

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              Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN) to IP", RFC 3168,

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   [RFC2474]  K. Nichols, S. Blake, F. Baker, D. Black, "Definition of
              the Differentiated Services Field (DS Field) in the IPv4
              and IPv6 Headers.", RFC 2474, <https://www.rfc-

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Authors' Addresses

   Wei Huang
      Tencent Building,
      No. 10000 Shennan Avenue, Nanshan District
      Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518000

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      Email: wienhuang@tencent.com

   Yunfei Zhang
      Flat 9, No. 10 West Building.

      Xi Bei Wang East Road
      Beijing, 100090

      Email: yanniszhang@tencent.com

   Y. Richard Yang
      Watson 208A,
      51 Prospect Street
      New Haven, CT 06511

      Email: yang.r.yang@yale.edu

   Chunshan Xiong
      Flat 9, No. 10 West Building.

      Xi Bei Wang East Road
      Beijing, 100090

      Email: chunshxiong@tencent.com

   Yixue Lei
      Flat 9, No. 10 West Building.

      Xi Bei Wang East Road
      Beijing, 100090

      Email: yixuelei@tencent.com

   Yunbo Han
      Tencent Building,
      No. 10000 Shennan Avenue, Nanshan District
      Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518000

      Email: yunbohan@tencent.com

   Gang Li
      China Mobile Research Institute

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      No.32, Xuanwumenxi Ave, Xicheng District
      Beijing 100053,


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