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Exploiting Multiuser Diversity for Medium Access Control in Wireless Networks

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Exploiting Multiuser Diversity for Medium Access Control in Wireless Networks
— Multiuser diversity refers to a type of diversity present across different users in a fading environment. This diversity can be exploited by scheduling transmissions so that users transmit when their channel conditions are favorable. Using such an approach leads to a system capacity that increases with the number of users. However, such scheduling requires centralized control. In this paper, we consider a decentralized medium access control (MAC) protocol, where each user only has knowledge of its own channel gain. We consider a variation of the ALOHA protocol, channel-aware ALOHA; using this protocol we show that users can still exploit multi-user diversity gains. First we consider a backlogged model, where each user always has packets to send. In this case we show that the total system throughput increases at the same rate as in a system with a centralized scheduler. Asymptotically, the fraction of throughput lost due to the random access protocol is shown to be 1/e. We also cons...
Xiangping Qin, Randall A. Berry
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Type Conference
Year 2003
Where INFOCOM
Authors Xiangping Qin, Randall A. Berry
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