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Published June 2007 | Published
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On Distributed Distortion Optimization for Correlated Sources


We consider lossy data compression in capacity-constrained networks with correlated sources. We develop, using dual decomposition, a distributed algorithm that maximizes an aggregate utility measure defined in terms of the distortion levels of the sources. No coordination among sources is required; each source adjusts its distortion level according to distortion prices fed back by the sinks. The algorithm is developed for the case of squared error distortion and high resolution coding where the rate distortion region is known, and is easily extended to consider achievable regions that can be expressed in a related form. Our distributed optimization framework applies to unicast and multicast with and without network coding. Numerical example shows relatively fast convergence, allowing the algorithm to be used in time-varying networks.

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© 2007 IEEE. This work has been supported in part by DARPA grant N66001-06-C-2020, Caltech's Lee Center for Advanced Networking and a gift from Microsoft Research.

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