Joint Multicast/Unicast Scheduling with Dynamic Optimization for LTE Multicast Service

Konferenz: European Wireless 2014 - 20th European Wireless Conference
14.05.2014 - 16.05.2014 in Barcelona, Spain

Tagungsband: European Wireless 2014

Seiten: 6Sprache: EnglischTyp: PDF

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Fuente, Alejandro de la; Garcia Armada, Ana; Leal, Raquel Perez (Department of Signal Theory and Communications, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain)

Mobile video service is one of the most increasing uses expected in future generation cellular networks, including multicast video services. Based upon Evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS) available with 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) release 9, Long Term Evolution (LTE) can provide broadcast/multicast content delivery with a single-frequency network mode. This means sending the same multimedia content to a mass audience within a specific area. However, it is not always possible to use multicast transmission to every user because of their different channel conditions, so unicast transmission should also be used to fulfill Quality of Service (QoS) requirements for multicast services. This paper proposes a Joint Multicast/Unicast Scheduling (JMUS) strategy for multicast service delivery. This method is based on dynamic optimization at each LTE frame, obtaining the optimal Modulation and Coding Scheme (MCS) for multicast transmission, the optimal number of subframes reserved for multicast transmission and allocating the remaining resources using a unicast scheduling metric for guaranteed data-rate. The goal of the scheduling technique proposed is to maximize the overall throughput, guaranteeing a target bit rate for all the users in the area. A new JMUS with dynamic optimization is presented to improve QoS performance. Finally, a fast search algorithm is evaluated to approach the optimal values for dynamic optimization with an order of magnitude fewer iterations than using exhaustive search.