The pioneering field of Tactile Internet (TI) will enable the transfer of human skills over long distances through haptic feedback. Realizing this demands a roundtrip latency of sub-5 ms. In this work, we investigate the capability of Wi-Fi 6 and existing TI scheduling/multiplexing schemes in meeting this stringent latency constraint. Taking the concrete example of the state-of-the-art Video-Haptic multiplexer (VH-multiplexer), we highlight the pitfalls of relying on the existing Wi-Fi 6 systems for TI communication. To circumvent this, we propose Video-Tactile Latency Scheduler (ViTaLS) -a novel link layer framework for tuning the video-tactile frame transmissions to suit their heterogeneous QoS requirements. We present a mathematical model to characterize the packet transmission duration of Vi-TaLS. Using a custom simulator, we validate our model and measure the objective performance improvement of ViTaLS over VH-multiplexer. We also present ViTaLS-optimal -a variant of ViTaLS, for further reducing the tactile latency. Objectively, we show that ViTaLS-optimal yields a latency improvement of up to 82%. Based on experiments conducted on a real TI testbed, we subjectively demonstrate that ViTaLS-optimal outperforms the VH-multiplexer.
|Number of pages||1|
|Journal||IEEE Internet of Things Journal|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 2023|
- Tactile Internet
- Wi-Fi 6
- ultra-low latency