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Journal Articles IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology Year : 2016

Scheduling Impact on the Performance of Relay-Enhanced LTE-A Networks


This paper studies the performance of two traditional schedulers, namely, proportional fair (PF) and round robin (RR), in the context of relay-enhanced Long-Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) networks. These two schedulers are natural candidates for implementation in relay nodes (RNs), and following the results obtained in single-hop networks, mobile operators could be tempted to adopt PF because of the good tradeoff it offers between cell capacity and fairness. Based on a statistical throughput evaluation model, we show that this is not necessarily the right option. The number of RNs, their locations in the cell, and backhaul link quality have a decisive influence on scheduler choice. In some scenarios, it is even not desirable to deploy relays as they degrade the network performance compared with the no-relay case. For the purpose of performance evaluation, we develop a realistic and computationally tractable statistical network model that takes into account fast fading, multiple interferers, cell range expansion bias, backhaul link quality, and traffic load. We also propose optimization of the radio frame structure and a suboptimal RN placement scheme to fairly compare RR and PF.
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hal-02287118 , version 1 (13-09-2019)


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Mattia Minelli, Maode Ma, Marceau Coupechoux, Philippe Godlewski. Scheduling Impact on the Performance of Relay-Enhanced LTE-A Networks. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 2016, 65 (4), pp.2496-2508. ⟨hal-02287118⟩
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