West Virginia Radio Corp
Centralized radio access network architectures consolidate the baseband operation towards a cloud-based platform, thereby allowing for efficient utilization of computing assets, effective inter-cell coordination, and exploitation of global channel state information. This paper considers the interplay between computational efficiency and data throughput that is fundamental to centralized RAN. It introduces the concept of computational outage in mobile networks, and applies it to the analysis of complexity constrained dense centralized RAN networks. The framework is applied to single-cell and multi-cell scenarios using parameters drawn from the LTE standard.