Reliable Transmission of Short Packets Through Queues and Noisy Channels Under Latency and Peak-Age Violation Guarantees

Rahul Devassy, Giuseppe Durisi, Guido Carlo Ferrante, Osvaldo Simeone, Elif Uysal

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This paper investigates the probability that the delay and the peak-age of information exceed a desired threshold in a point-to-point communication system with short information packets. The packets are generated according to a stationary memoryless Bernoulli process, placed in a single-server queue and then transmitted over a wireless channel. A variable-length stop-feedback coding scheme - a general strategy that encompasses simple automatic repetition request (ARQ) and more sophisticated hybrid ARQ techniques as special cases - is used by the transmitter to convey the information packets to the receiver. By leveraging finite-blocklength results, the delay violation and the peak-age violation probabilities are characterized without resorting to approximations based on larg-deviation theory as in previous literature. Numerical results illuminate the dependence of delay and peak-age violation probability on system parameters such as the frame size and the undetected error probability, and on the chosen packet-management policy. The guidelines provided by our analysis are particularly useful for the design of low-latency ultra-reliable communication systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8640078
Pages (from-to)721-734
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • ARQ
  • HARQ
  • Ultra-reliable low-latency communications
  • delay violation probability
  • peak-age violation probability


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