Performance of relay-enabled uplink in cellular networks - a flow level analysis

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    Uplink users in cellular networks, such as UMTS/ HSPA, located at the edge of the cell generally suffer from poor channel conditions. Deploying intermediate relay nodes is seen as a promising approach towards extending cell coverage and increasing data rates. This paper focuses on the role of packet scheduling in cellular networks with relay nodes. In particular, two uplink scheduling schemes deploying the relay functionality in different ways are compared in performance to a reference scenario where relaying is not used. We derive expressions which characterize for each of the two relay-enabled schedulers the service area of a relay station as a function of the relay location and transmit power. The results show that the service area is significantly influenced by the type of scheduling. Examining the impact on the effective data rates of mobile stations shows that there is a combination of the relay’s position and transmit power which optimizes uplink service. Furthermore, based on calculations of flow throughput, we show that relaying improves flow level performance of all users, including those who do not use the relay.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Ultra Modern Telecommunications
    Place of PublicationLos Alamitos
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-3941-6
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009
    Event2009 International Conference on Ultra Modern Telecommunications, ICUMT 2009 - St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
    Duration: 18 Oct 200920 Oct 2009

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    PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press


    Workshop2009 International Conference on Ultra Modern Telecommunications, ICUMT 2009
    Abbreviated titleICUMT
    Country/TerritoryRussian Federation
    CitySt. Petersburg


    • METIS-264079
    • EWI-16191
    • IR-68224

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