MEDIEVAL Overview


Video is a major challenge for the future Mobile Internet which was not designed with video requirements in mind. The project, including partners from Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Israel, will address current limitations and will tailor the future Internet architecture to efficiently support video traffic.

Video is a major challenge for the future Internet. This traffic type is foreseen to account for close to 90% of consumer traffic by 2012. However, the current mobile Internet is not designed for video and its architecture is very inefficient when handling video traffic.

 It is the vision of this project that the future Internet architecture should be tailored to efficiently support the requirements of this traffic type. Specific enhancements for video should be introduced at all layers of the protocol stack where needed.

The figure below visualises MEDIEVAL's vision stressing what we foresee as the necessary evolutionary path for a truly video-for-all philosophy.




Following this vision, MEDIEVAL aims at evolving the Internet architecture for efficient video transport. The proposed architecture will follow a cross-layer design that, by exploiting the interaction between layers, can raise performance to values unattainable with individual developments.

The technology developed by the project will be designed taking into account the requirements of network operators for commercial deployment, and will aim at improving the Quality of Experience by users as well as reducing the costs for operators.

MEDIEVAL technology will be developed in a testbed that serves as a proof of concept of the project results as well as a basis for future commercial deployments.