User Clustering for Wireless Powered Communication Networks with Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access

Tianyi XIE  Bin LYU  Zhen YANG  Feng TIAN  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E101-A   No.7   pp.1146-1150
Publication Date: 2018/07/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E101.A.1146
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Mobile Information Network and Personal Communications
Keyword: 
wireless powered communication network,  user clustering scheme,  non-orthogonal multiple access,  SIC constraints,  

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Summary: 
In this letter, we study a wireless powered communication network (WPCN) with non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA), where the user clustering scheme that groups each two users in a cluster is adopted to guarantee the system performance. The two users in a cluster transmit data simultaneously via NOMA, while time division multiple access (TDMA) is used among clusters. We aim to maximize the system throughput by finding the optimal cluster permutation and the optimal time allocation, which can be obtained by solving the optimization problems corresponding to all cluster permutations. The closed-form solution of each optimization problem is obtained by exploiting its constraint structures. However, the complexity of this exhaustive method is quite high, we further propose a sub-optimal clustering scheme with low complexity. The simulation results demonstrate the superiority of the proposed scheme.