[C14] - Energy-aware competitive link adaptation in small-cell networks

G. Bacci, E. V. Belmega, P. Mertikopoulos, and L. Sanguinetti. In WiOpt '14: Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium and Workshops on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc and Wireless Networks, 2014.


This work proposes a distributed power allocation scheme for maximizing the energy efficiency in the uplink of non-cooperative small-cell networks based on orthogonal frequency-division multiple-access technology. This is achieved by modeling user terminals as rational agents that engage in a non-cooperative game in which every terminal selects the power loading so as to maximize its own utility (the user’s throughput per Watt of transmit power) while satisfying minimum rate constraints. In this framework, we prove the existence of a Debreu equilibrium (also known as generalized Nash equilibrium) and we characterize the structure of the corresponding power allocation profile using techniques drawn from fractional programming. To attain the equilibrium in a distributed fashion, we also propose a method based on an iterative water-filling best response process. Numerical simulations are then used to assess the convergence of the proposed algorithm and the performance of its end-state as a function of the system parameters.

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