Utility-optimal scheduling in time-varying wireless networks with delay constraints

Conference Paper · January 2010with20 Reads
DOI: 10.1145/1860093.1860099 · Source: DBLP
Conference: Proceedings of the 11th ACM Interational Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing, MobiHoc 2010, Chicago, IL, USA, September 20-24, 2010
Clients in wireless networks may have per-packet delay constraints on their traffic. Further, in contrast to wireline networks, the wireless medium is subject to fading. In such a time-varying environment, we consider the system problem of maximizing the total utility of clients, where the utilities are determined by their long-term average rates of being served within their delay constraints. We also allow for the additional fairness requirement that each client may require a certain minimum service rate. This overall model can be applied to a wide range of applications, including delay-constrained networks, mobile cellular networks, and dynamic spectrum allocation. We address this problem through convex programming. We propose an on-line scheduling policy and prove that it is utility-optimal. Surprisingly, this policy does not need to know the probability distribution of system states. We also design an auction mechanism where clients are scheduled and charged according to their bids. We prove that the auction mechanism restricts any selfish client from improving its utility by faking its utility function. We also show that the auction mechanism schedules clients in the same way as that done by the on-line scheduling policy. Thus, the auction mechanism is both truthful and utility-optimal. Finally, we design specific algorithms that implement the auction mechanism for a variety of applications.
    • "However, none of the aforementioned works deal with the QoS requirements of users. Some scheduling policies are designed to meet the packet delay constraint for each user [20][21][3]. They all partition time into frames, and packets will run out of time before the end of their arriving frames. "
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    • "[12] and [13] develop algorithms for achieving the optimal utility-delay tradeoff in multihop networks. [14] studies the problem of scheduling delay-constrained flows over wireless systems. However, all these works focus only on causal systems, i.e., service begins only after demand enters the system. "
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