Can one achieve multiuser diversity in uplink multi-cell networks?

Won Yong Shin, Dohyung Park, Bang Chul Jung

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We introduce a distributed opportunistic scheduling (DOS) strategy, based on two pre-determined thresholds, for uplink K-cell networks with time-invariant channel coefficients. Each base station (BS) opportunistically selects a mobile station (MS) who has a large signal strength of the desired channel link among a set of MSs generating a sufficiently small interference to other BSs. Then, performance on the achievable throughput scaling law is analyzed. As our main result, it is shown that the achievable sum-rate scales as Klog(SNRlog N) in a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) regime, if the total number of users in a cell, N, scales faster than SNRK-1/1-ε for a constant ε(0,1). This result indicates that the proposed scheme achieves the multiuser diversity gain as well as the degrees-of-freedom gain even under multi-cell environments. Simulation results show that the DOS provides a better sum-rate throughput over conventional schemes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6302112
Pages (from-to)3535-3540
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2010-0011140).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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