Performance Analysis of Cognitive Radio Spectrum Access With Prioritized Traffic

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Executive Summary

Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) is an important design aspect for the cognitive radio networks. Most of the existing DSA schemes are to govern the unlicensed user (i.e., secondary user) traffic in a licensed spectrum without compromising the transmissions of the licensed users, in which all the unlicensed users are typically treated equally. In this paper, prioritized unlicensed user traffic is considered. Specifically, the authors prioritize the unlicensed user traffic into two priority classes (i.e., high and low priority). Two different DSA policies are proposed to manage the handoff for prioritized unlicensed user traffic (i.e., reassigning new channels to the secondary users which paved way for licensed user).

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