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Unified approach to cross-layer scheduling and resource allocation in OFDMA wireless networks
Research Area: Communications and Networking Year: 2012
Type of Publication: Article  
Journal: EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking
Number: 2012:145
Month: April
Orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) has been selected as the core physical layer access scheme for state-of-the-art and next-generation wireless communications standards. In these systems, scheduling and resource allocation algorithms, jointly assigning transmission data rates, bandwidth and power, become crucial to optimize the resource utilization while providing support to multimedia applications with heterogeneous quality of service (QoS) requirements. In this article, a unified framework for channeland queue-aware QoS-guaranteed cross-layer scheduling and resource allocation algorithms for heterogeneous multiservice OFDMA wireless networks is presented. The framework encompasses different types of traffic, uniform and continuous power allocation, discrete and continuous rate allocation, and protocols with different amounts of channel- and queue-awareness. System parameters and QoS requirements are projected into utility functions and the optimization problem is then formulated as a constrained utility maximization problem. Optimal solutions for this problem are obtained for the uniform power allocation schemes, and novel quasioptimal algorithms are proposed for the adaptive power allocation strategies. Remarkably, these techniques exhibit complexities that are linear in the number of resource units and users. Simulation results demonstrate the validity and merits of the proposed cross-layer unified approach.
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