Delay-Sensitive Communication Over Fading Channels: Queueing Behavior and Code Parameter Selection Academic Article uri icon


  • 1967-2012 IEEE. This paper examines the queueing performance of communication systems that transmit encoded data over unreliable channels. A fading formulation suitable for wireless mobile applications is considered, where errors are caused by a discrete channel with correlated behavior over time. For carefully selected channel models and arrival processes, a tractable Markov structure composed of queue length and channel state is identified. This facilitates the analysis of the stationary behavior of the system, leading to evaluation criteria such as bounds on the probability of the queue exceeding a threshold. Specifically, this paper focuses on system models with scalable arrival profiles, which are based on Poisson processes, and finite-state channels with memory. These assumptions permit the rigorous comparison of system performance for codes with arbitrary block lengths and code rates. Based on the resulting characterizations, it is possible to select the best code parameters for delay-sensitive applications over various channels. Random codes and BCH codes are then employed as a means to study the relationship between code parameter selection and the queueing performance of point-to-point data links. The methodology introduced herein offers a new perspective on the joint queueing-coding analysis of finite-state channels with memory, and it is supported by numerical simulations.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Hamidi-Sepehr, F., Pfister, H. D., & Chamberland, J.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Hamidi-Sepehr, Fatemeh||Pfister, Henry D||Chamberland, Jean-Francois

publication date

  • January 2015