On Optimal Geographical Caching in Heterogeneous Cellular Networks

Berksan Serbetci, Jasper Goseling

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In this work we investigate optimal geographical caching in heterogeneous cellular networks where different types of base stations (BSs) have different cache capacities. Users request files from a content library according to a known probability distribution. The performance metric is the total hit probability, which is the probability that a user at an arbitrary location in the plane will find the content that it requires in one of the BSs that it is covered by.
We consider the problem of optimally placing content in all BSs jointly. As this problem is not convex, we provide a heuristic scheme by finding the optimal placement policy for one type of base station conditioned on the placement in all other types. We demonstrate that these individual optimization problems are convex and we provide an analytical solution. As an illustration, we find the optimal placement policy of the small base stations (SBSs) depending on the placement policy of the macro base stations (MBSs). We show how the hit probability evolves as the deployment density of the SBSs varies. We show that the heuristic of placing the most popular content in the MBSs is almost optimal after deploying the SBSs with optimal placement policies. Also, for the SBSs no such heuristic can be used; the optimal placement is significantly better than storing the most popular content. Finally, we show that solving the individual problems to find the optimal placement policies for different types of BSs iteratively, namely repeatedly updating the placement policies, does not improve the performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC)
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-4183-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventWireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2007 - Kowloon, Hong Kong
Duration: 11 Mar 200715 Mar 2007


ConferenceWireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2007
Abbreviated titleWCNC
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
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