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Time-Aware Utility-Based Resource Allocation in Wireless Networks
July 2005 (vol. 16 no. 7)
pp. 624-636

Abstract—This paper presents a time-aware admission control and resource allocation scheme in wireless networks in the context of a future generation cellular network. The quality levels (and their respective utility) of different connections are specified using discrete resource-utility (R-U) functions. The scheme uses these R-U functions for allocating and reallocating bandwidth to connections, aiming to maximize the accumulated utility of the system. However, different applications react differently to resource reallocations. Therefore, at each allocation time point, the following factors are taken into account: the age of the connection, a disconnection (drop) penalty, and the sensitiveness to reallocation frequency. The evaluation of our approach shows a superior performance compared to a recent adaptive bandwidth allocation scheme (RBBS). In addition, we have studied the overhead that performing a reallocation imposes on the infrastructure. To minimize this overhead, we present an algorithm that efficiently reduces the number of reallocations while remaining within a given utility bound.

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Index Terms:
Bandwidth allocation, QoS provisioning, wireless networks, utility-based optimization, network management.
Calin Curescu, Simin Nadjm-Tehrani, "Time-Aware Utility-Based Resource Allocation in Wireless Networks," IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, vol. 16, no. 7, pp. 624-636, July 2005, doi:10.1109/TPDS.2005.87
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