Interference-limited resource allocation for cognitive radio in orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing networks

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Efficient and fair resource allocation strategies are being extensively studied in current research in order to address the requirements of future wireless applications. A novel resource allocation scheme is developed for orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) networks designed to maximise performance while limiting the received interference at each user. This received interference is in essence used as a fairness metric; moreover, by defining different interference tolerances for different sets of users, the proposed allocation scheme can be exploited in various cognitive radio scenarios. As applied to the scheme, the authors investigate a scenario where two cellular OFDM-based networks operate as primary and secondary systems in the same band, and the secondary system benefits by accessing the unused resources of the primary system if additional capacity is required. The primary system benefits either by charging the secondary system for the use of its resources or by some form of reciprocal arrangement allowing it to use the secondary system's licenced bands in a similar manner, when needed. Numerical results show our interference-limited scheduling approach to achieve excellent levels of efficiency and fairness by allocating resources more intelligently than proportional fair scheduling. A further important contribution is the application of sequential quadratic programming to solve the non-convex optimisation problems which arise in such scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberN/A
Pages (from-to)806 - 814
Number of pages9
JournalIET Communications
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008


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