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Paper Title On the Fundamental Limits of Multi-user Scheduling under Short-term Fairness Constraints
Paper IdentifierFR1.R4.4
Authors Shahram Shahsavari, Farhad Shirani, Elza Erkip, New York University, United States
Session Resource Allocation and Scheduling
Location Odéon, Level 3
Session Time Friday, 12 July, 09:50 - 11:10
Presentation Time Friday, 12 July, 10:50 - 11:10
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Abstract In the conventional information theoretic analysis of multiterminal communication scenarios, it is often assumed that all of the distributed terminals use the communication channel simultaneously. However, in practical wireless communication systems - due to restricted computation complexity at network terminals - a limited number of users can be activated either in uplink or downlink simultaneously. This necessitates the design of a scheduler which determines the set of active users at each time-slot. A well-designed scheduler maximizes the average system utility subject to a set of fairness criteria, which must be met in a limited window-length to avoid long starvation periods. In this work, scheduling under short-term temporal fairness constraints is considered. The objective is to maximize the average system utility such that the fraction of the time-slots that each user is activated is within desired upper and lower bounds in the fairness window-length. The set of feasible window-lengths is characterized as a function of system parameters. It is shown that the optimal system utility is non-monotonic and super-additive in window-length. Furthermore, a scheduling strategy is proposed which satisfies short-term fairness constraints for arbitrary window-lengths, and achieves optimal average system utility as the window-length is increased asymptotically. Numerical simulations are provided to verify the results.