A Generalized Data Uploading Scheme for D2D-Enhanced Cellular Networks

Xiaolan LIU  Lisheng MA  Xiaohong JIANG  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E102-B   No.9   pp.1914-1923
Publication Date: 2019/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2018EBP3233
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Network
data uploading,  cellular networks,  device-to-device communications,  coalitional game,  

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This paper investigates data uploading in cellular networks with the consideration of device-to-device (D2D) communications. A generalized data uploading scheme is proposed by leveraging D2D cooperation among the devices to reduce the data uploading time. In this scheme, we extend the conventional schemes on cooperative D2D data uploading for cellular networks to a more general case, which considers D2D cooperation among both the devices with or without uploading data. To motivate D2D cooperation among all available devices, we organize the devices within communication range by offering them rewards to construct multi-hop D2D chains for data uploading. Specifically, we formulate the problem of chain formation among the devices for data uploading as a coalitional game. Based on merge-and-split rules, we develop a coalition formation algorithm to obtain the solution for the formulated coalitional game with convergence on a stable coalitional structure. Finally, extensive numerical results show the effectiveness of our proposed scheme in reducing the average data uploading time.