A Study on Adaptive Scheduling Priority Control for Layered Cell Configuration

Atsushi NAGATE
Teruya FUJII
Masayuki MURATA

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E100-B    No.2    pp.372-379
Publication Date: 2017/02/01
Publicized: 2016/09/15
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2015EBP3537
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Terrestrial Wireless Communication/Broadcasting Technologies
heterogeneous network,  layered cell configuration,  inter-cell interference coordination,  CoMP,  packet scheduler,  

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The layered cell configuration, in which a large number of small cells are set in a macro-cell coverage area, is attracting much attention recently as a promising approach to handle the rapidly increasing mobile data traffic. In this configuration, cells of various sizes, from macro to small, are placed in various locations, so that the variation in the number and the distribution of the users among cells becomes much wider than in conventional macro-cell homogeneous networks. Therefore, even in the layered cell configuration, the users in the cell with many users and low received signal quality may experience low throughput especially at cell edge. This is because such users experience both low spectral efficiency and few radio resources. In order to resolve this issue, a lot of techniques have been proposed such as load balancing and cooperative multi-point transmission. In this paper, we focus on scheduling priority control as a simple solution that can also be used in combination with load balancing and coordinated multi-point transmission. We propose an adaptive scheduling priority control scheme based on the congestion and user distribution of each cell and clarify the effect of the proposed method by computer simulations.