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Low-complexity medium access control protocols for QoS support in third-generation radio access networks

O'Farrell, T. and Omiyi, P. (2005) Low-complexity medium access control protocols for QoS support in third-generation radio access networks. IEEE Transcations on Wireless Communications, 4 (2). pp. 743-756. ISSN 1536-1276

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One approach to maximizing the efficiency of medium access control (MAC) on the uplink in a future wideband code-division multiple-access (WCDMA)-based third-generation radio access network, and hence maximize spectral efficiency, is to employ a low-complexity distributed scheduling control approach. The maximization of spectral efficiency in third-generation radio access networks is complicated by the need to provide bandwidth-on-demand to diverse services characterized by diverse quality of service (QoS) requirements in an interference limited environment. However, the ability to exploit the full potential of resource allocation algorithms in third-generation radio access networks has been limited by the absence of a metric that captures the two-dimensional radio resource requirement, in terms of power and bandwidth, in the third-generation radio access network environment, where different users may have different signal-to-interference ratio requirements. This paper presents a novel resource metric as a solution to this fundamental problem. Also, a novel deadline-driven backoff procedure has been presented as the backoff scheme of the proposed distributed scheduling MAC protocols to enable the efficient support of services with QoS imposed delay constraints without the need for centralized scheduling. The main conclusion is that low-complexity distributed scheduling control strategies using overload avoidance/overload detection can be designed using the proposed resource metric to give near optimal performance and thus maintain a high spectral efficiency in third-generation radio access networks and that importantly overload detection is superior to overload avoidance.

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Keywords: Medium access control (MAC), WCDMA, quality of service (QoS), radio resource management, third-generation mobile systems
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Electronic & Electrical Engineering (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2005
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 16:56
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TWC.2004.842944
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1109/TWC.2004.842944
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/678

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