Individual vs. Global Radio Resource Management in a Hybrid Broadband Network

Abstract : Nowadays, with the abundance of diverse air interfaces in the same operating area, advanced Radio Resource Management (RRM) is vital to take advantage of the available system resources. In such a scenario, a mobile user will be able to connect concurrently to different wireless access networks. In this paper, we consider the downlink of a hybrid network with two broadband Radio Access Technologies (RAT): WiMAX [1] and WiFi [2]. Two approaches are proposed to load balance the traffic of every user between the two available RATs: an individual approach where mobile users selfishly strive to improve their performance and a global approach where resource allocation is made in a way to satisfy all mobile users. We devise for the individual approach a fully distributed resource management scheme portrayed as a non-cooperative game. We characterize the Nash equilibriums of the proposed RRM game and put forward a decentralized algorithm based on replicator dynamics to achieve those equilibriums. In the global approach, resources are assigned by the system in order to enhance global performances. For the two approaches, we show that after convergence, each user is connected to a single RAT which avoids costly traffic splitting between available RATs.
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Kinda Khawam, Marc Ibrahim, Johanne Cohen, Samer Lahoud, Samir Tohmé. Individual vs. Global Radio Resource Management in a Hybrid Broadband Network. [Research Report] PI-1956, 2010, pp.9. ⟨inria-00528575⟩

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