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Scheduling policies based on dynamic throughput and fairness tradeoff control in LTE-A networks

Com?a, Ioan Sorin; Aydin, Mehmet; Zhang, Sijing; Kuonen, Pierre; Wagen, Jean Frederic; Lu, Yao

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Ioan Sorin Com?a

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Dr Mehmet Aydin
Senior Lecturer in Networks and Mobile Computing

Sijing Zhang

Pierre Kuonen

Jean Frederic Wagen

Yao Lu


© 2014 IEEE. In LTE-A cellular networks there is a fundamental trade-off between the cell throughput and fairness levels for preselected users which are sharing the same amount of resources at one transmission time interval (TTI). The static parameterization of the Generalized Proportional Fair (GPF) scheduling rule is not able to maintain a satisfactory level of fairness at each TTI when a very dynamic radio environment is considered. The novelty of the current paper aims to find the optimal policy of GPF parameters in order to respect the fairness criterion. From sustainability reasons, the multi-layer perceptron neural network (MLPNN) is used to map at each TTI the continuous and multidimensional scheduler state into a desired GPF parameter. The MLPNN non-linear function is trained TTI-by-TTI based on the interaction between LTE scheduler and the proposed intelligent controller. The interaction is modeled by using the reinforcement learning (RL) principle in which the LTE scheduler behavior is modeled based on the Markov Decision Process (MDP) property. The continuous actor-critic learning automata (CACLA) RL algorithm is proposed to select at each TTI the continuous and optimal GPF parameter for a given MDP problem. The results indicate that CACLA enhances the convergence speed to the optimal fairness condition when compared with other existing methods by minimizing in the same time the number of TTIs when the scheduler is declared unfair.


Comşa, I. S., Aydin, M., Zhang, S., Kuonen, P., Wagen, J. F., & Lu, Y. (2014). Scheduling policies based on dynamic throughput and fairness tradeoff control in LTE-A networks. In 39th Annual IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (418-421).

Conference Name Proceedings - Conference on Local Computer Networks, LCN
Conference Location Edmonton
Start Date Sep 8, 2014
End Date Sep 11, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Jun 8, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 15, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 418-421
Book Title 39th Annual IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks
Keywords approximation algorithms, reinforcement learning, dynamic scheduling, heuristic algorithms, linear programming, optimization, telecommunication traffic, throughput
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Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : 2014 IEEE 39th Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN)


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