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A cross-layer design for a software defined millimeter-wave mobile broadband system

A cross-layer design for a software defined millimeter-wave mobile broadband system
A cross-layer design for a software defined millimeter-wave mobile broadband system
Heterogeneous networks, which deploy small cells in the mmWave band underlying the macrocell network, have attracted intense interest from both academia and industry. Different from the communication systems using lower carrier frequencies, mmWave communications have unique features, such as high propagation loss, directional communications, and sensitivity to blockage. Aiming to overcome the challenging problems in mmWave networks, such as interference management, spatial reuse, anti-blockage, QoS guarantee, and load balancing, we architecturally borrow the ideas of heterogeneous cloud radio access networks and software-defined networking to propose a software-defined mmWave mobile broadband system via a cross-layer design approach. In this architecture, a centralized controller is introduced by abstracting the control functions from the network layer to the physical layer. Through quantitative simulations in a realistic indoor scenario, we demonstrate the performance advantages of our system in terms of network throughput and flow throughput. This work is the first cross-layer and software-defined design for mmWave communications, which opens up an opportunity for mmWave communications to make a significant impact on future 5G networks.
broadband communication, interference, logic gates, mobile communication, physical layer, quality of service, throughput
124-130
Niu, Yong
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Li, Yong
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Chen, Min
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Jin, Depeng
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Chen, Sheng
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Niu, Yong
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Li, Yong
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Chen, Min
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Jin, Depeng
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Chen, Sheng
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Niu, Yong, Li, Yong, Chen, Min, Jin, Depeng and Chen, Sheng (2016) A cross-layer design for a software defined millimeter-wave mobile broadband system. IEEE Communications Magazine, 54 (2), 124-130. (doi:10.1109/MCOM.2016.7402271).

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Heterogeneous networks, which deploy small cells in the mmWave band underlying the macrocell network, have attracted intense interest from both academia and industry. Different from the communication systems using lower carrier frequencies, mmWave communications have unique features, such as high propagation loss, directional communications, and sensitivity to blockage. Aiming to overcome the challenging problems in mmWave networks, such as interference management, spatial reuse, anti-blockage, QoS guarantee, and load balancing, we architecturally borrow the ideas of heterogeneous cloud radio access networks and software-defined networking to propose a software-defined mmWave mobile broadband system via a cross-layer design approach. In this architecture, a centralized controller is introduced by abstracting the control functions from the network layer to the physical layer. Through quantitative simulations in a realistic indoor scenario, we demonstrate the performance advantages of our system in terms of network throughput and flow throughput. This work is the first cross-layer and software-defined design for mmWave communications, which opens up an opportunity for mmWave communications to make a significant impact on future 5G networks.

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Published date: February 2016
Keywords: broadband communication, interference, logic gates, mobile communication, physical layer, quality of service, throughput
Organisations: Southampton Wireless Group

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Local EPrints ID: 387908
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/387908
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Date deposited: 17 Feb 2016 11:48
Last modified: 16 Dec 2019 20:06

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Author: Yong Niu
Author: Yong Li
Author: Min Chen
Author: Depeng Jin
Author: Sheng Chen

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