Resource allocation for multi-cell OFDMA based cooperative relay network

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Cooperative communications is emerging as an important area within the field of wireless communication systems. The fundamental idea is that intermediary nodes, called relay stations (RSs), who are neither the data source nor destination, are used to assist in communication between sender and receiver. In order to maximise their performance, networks which employ RSs require a new resource allocation and optimisation technique, which takes the RSs into account as a new resource. Several proposals have been presented for the purpose of optimising the distribution of available resources between users. These proposals were developed based on various network scenarios and assumptions. In most cases, impractical assumptions such as; inter-cell interference (ICI) free and full availability of channel state information (CSI) were considered. However, the need for more robust, fair and practical resource allocation algorithms motivated us to study the resource allocation algorithm for OFDMA based cooperative relay networks with more realistic assumptions. This thesis focuses on the resource allocation for the uplink OFDMA based cooperative relay networks. Multiple cells were considered, each composed of a single base station (destination), multiple amplify and forward (AF) relay stations and multiple subscriber stations (sources). The effects of inter-cell interference (ICI) have been considered to optimise the subcarrier allocation with low complexity. The optimisation problem aims to maximise the sum rate of all sources while maintaining a satisfactory degree of fairness amongst them. Furthermore, a utility based resource allocation algorithm has been developed assuming full and partial channel state information for the interference limited OFDMA-based cooperative relay network. In the proposed algorithm, relay selection is initially performed based on the level of ICI. Then, subcarrier allocation is performed on the basis of maximum achieved utility under the assumption of equal power allocation. Finally, based on the amount of ICI, a modified waterfilling power distribution algorithm is proposed and used to optimise the subcarrier power allocation across the allocated set of subcarriers. This thesis also investigates the impact of the relay-to-destination channel gain on subcarrier allocation for uplink OFDMA based cooperative relay networks using multiple amplify-and- forward (AF) relaying protocols. The closed form outage probability is derived for the system under partial channel state information (PCSI) and considering the presence of inter-cell interference (ICI). The proposed resource allocation algorithms as well as the mathematical analysis were validated through computer simulations and the results were presented for each chapter. The results show that, compared to conventional algorithms, the proposed algorithms significantly improve system performance in terms of total sum data rate, outage probability, complexity and fairness.
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