Packet Scheduling Study for Heterogeneous Traffic in Downlink 3GPP LTE System

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Journal Article
International Journal of Wireless & Mobile Networks, 2015, 7 (5), pp. 91 - 106
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Long Term Evolution (LTE) network deploys Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) technology for downlink multi-carrier transmission. To meet the Quality of Service (QoS) requirements for LTE networks, packet scheduling has been employed. Packet scheduling determines when and how the user’s packets are transmitted to the receiver. Therefore effective design of packet scheduling algorithm is an important discussion. The aims of packet scheduling are maximizing system throughput, guaranteeing fairness among users, andminimizing either or both PacketLoss Ratio (PLR)and packet delay. Inthis paper, the performance of two packet scheduling algorithms namely Log Maximum-Largest Weighted Delay First (LOG-MLWDF) and Max Delay Unit (MDU), developed for OFDM(Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing)networks, has been investigated in LTE downlink networks, and acomparison of those algorithmswith a well-known scheduling algorithm namely Maximum-Largest Weighted Delay First(MLWDF) has been studied.The performance evaluation was in terms of system throughput, PLR and fairness index. This study was performed forboth real time (voice and video streaming)and non-real time (best effort)perspectives. Results show that for streaming flows,LOG-MLWDF shows best PLR performance among the considered scheduling schemes, and for best effort flows, it outperforms theother two algorithms in terms of packet delay and throughput.
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