Joint network-wide opportunistic scheduling and power control in multi-cell networks

Jeong Woo Cho, Jeonghoon Mo, Song Chong

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We present a unified analytical framework that maximizes generalized utilities of a wireless network by network-wide opportunistic scheduling and power control. That is, base stations in the network jointly decide mobile stations to be served at the same time as the transmission powers of base stations are coordinated to mitigate the mutually interfering effect. Although the maximization at the first glance appears to be a mixed, twofold and nonlinear optimization requiring excessive computational complexity, we show that the maximization can be transformed into a pure binary optimization with much lower complexity. To be exact, it is proven that binary power control of base stations is necessary and sufficient for maximizing the network-wide utilities under a physical layer regime where the channel capacity is linear in the signal-to-interference-noise ratio. To further reduce the complexity of the problem, a distributed heuristic algorithm is proposed that performs much better than existing opportunistic algorithms. Through extensive simulations, it becomes clear that network-wide opportunistic scheduling and power control is most suitable for fairness-oriented networks and underloaded networks. We believe that our work will serve as a cornerstone for network-wide scheduling approaches from theoretical and practical standpoints.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4801504
Pages (from-to)1520-1531
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Mar

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by “Centre for Quantifiable Quality of Service in Communication Systems, Centre of Excellence” appointed by the Research Council of Norway, and funded by the Research Council, NTNU and UNINETT, in part by the ITRC program of the MKE, Korea (IITA-2008-C1090-0803-0002), and in part by Defense Acquisition Program Administration and Agency for Defense Development, Korea, under the contract.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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