Optimization Approach to Joint Cell, Channel and Power Allocation in Wireless Communication Networks

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In multi-cell wireless networks the resource allocation task includes the selection of the serving cell and the allocation of channels and transmission powers. While all of these tasks have been studied in the past, all three jointly are seldom addressed. In this paper, the authors formulate the joint cell, channel and power allocation problem as an optimization task, whose purpose is to maximize the total user throughput. The joint problem is decomposed into separate sub-problems of cell, channel and power allocation. They propose heuristic and optimization based algorithms to solve each of these tasks and present numerical results that give new and valuable insights into a sum throughput optimal joint resource allocation strategy.

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