Throughput Improvement by Joint Relay Selection and Link Scheduling in Relay-Assisted Cellular Networks
The authors consider joint relay selection and link scheduling to maximize the network throughput in relay-assisted cellular networks. The spatial reuse is leveraged by scheduling multiple links to simultaneously transmit. The coupling among relay selection, link scheduling, and the interference that is introduced by simultaneous transmissions makes this problem hard to solve. They summarize spatial reuse into two forms. The first form of spatial reuse exists among second-hop links, where relay stations transmit to mobile users. The second form of spatial reuse exists between second- and first-hop links, where the base station transmits to relay stations or mobile users.