Soft-Prioritization Based System Selection Strategy for Software Defined Radio

Tomoya TANDAI  Toshihisa NABETANI  Kiyoshi TOSHIMITSU  Hiroshi TSURUMI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E88-B   No.11   pp.4176-4185
Publication Date: 2005/11/01
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DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e88-b.11.4176
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Software Defined Radio Technology and Its Applications)
software defined radio,  inter-system handover,  vertical handover,  prioritization,  

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The next-generation wireless networks will bring users with Software Defined Radio (SDR) terminals seamless mobility and ubiquitous computing through heterogeneous networks. This paper proposes a soft-prioritization based system selection algorithm performed by SDR terminal and investigates the effectiveness of the soft-prioritization based system selection by using a concrete simulation model. To maximize the quality of service (QoS), wireless communication systems are prioritized on the basis of criteria for system selection such as data rate, channel quality and cost, and should be dynamically changed. However, frequent inter-system handovers based on hard-prioritization are undesirable in view of interrupting and dropping, particularly for real-time traffic and managing channel capacities. Wireless communication systems are softly prioritized in the soft-prioritization based system selection algorithm, and therefore inter-system handovers between systems with the same priority aren't initiated. To elucidate the validity of the soft-prioritization based system selection algorithm, a system simulation model consisting of five wireless communication systems is employed. Simulation results confirm that the soft-prioritization system selection algorithm offers higher performance in terms of the number of inter-system handovers and throughput of best effort traffic.