Interference Management and Resource Allocation in Multi-Channel Ad Hoc Cognitive Radio Network

Xiang LI
Jing WU

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E104-B    No.3    pp.320-327
Publication Date: 2021/03/01
Publicized: 2020/09/11
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2020EBP3103
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Wireless Communication Technologies
cognitive radio,  interference management,  resource allocation,  game theory,  cooperative games,  

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Cognitive radio network (CRN) provides an effective way of improving efficiency and flexibility in spectrum usage. Due to the coexistence of secondary user (SU) and primary user (PU), managing interference is a critical issue to be addressed if we are to reap the full benefits. In this paper, we consider the problem of joint interference management and resource allocation in a multi-channel ad hoc CRN. We formulate the problem as an overlapping coalition formation game to maximize the sum rate of SU links while guaranteeing the quality of service (QoS) of PU links. In the game, each SU link can make an autonomous decision and is allowed to participate in one or more cooperative coalitions simultaneously to maximize its payoff. To obtain the solution of the formulated game, a distributed, self-organizing algorithm is proposed for performing coalition formation. We analyze the properties of the algorithm and show that SU links can cooperate to reach a final stable coalition structure. Compared with existing approaches, the proposed scheme achieves appreciable performance improvement in terms of the sum rate of SU links, which is demonstrated by simulation results.