Auction-Based Spectrum Sharing
First Online: 04 April 2006 DOI:
Cite this article as: Huang, J., Berry, R.A. & Honig, M.L. Mobile Netw Appl (2006) 11: 405. doi:10.1007/s11036-006-5192-y Abstract
We study auction mechanisms for sharing spectrum among a group of users, subject to a constraint on the interference temperature at a measurement point. The users access the channel using spread spectrum signaling and so interfere with each other. Each user receives a utility that is a function of the received signal-to-interference plus noise ratio. We propose two auction mechanisms for allocating the received power. The first is an auction in which users are charged for received SINR, which, when combined with logarithmic utilities, leads to a weighted max-min fair SINR allocation. The second is an auction in which users are charged for power, which maximizes the total utility when the bandwidth is large enough and the receivers are co-located. Both auction mechanisms are shown to be socially optimal for a limiting “large system” with co-located receivers, where bandwidth, power and the number of users are increased in fixed proportion. We also formulate an iterative and distributed bid updating algorithm, and specify conditions under which this algorithm converges globally to the Nash equilibrium of the auction.
This work was supported by the Northwestern-Motorola Center for Communications and by NSF CAREER award CCR-0238382. This paper was presented in part at
the 2nd Workshop on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc, and Wireless Networks (WiOpt’04), Cambridge, UK, March 24–26, 2004, and the 42nd Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing, Monticello, IL, USA, September 29 - October 1, 2004. Jianwei Huang received the B.E. degree in Radio Engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China in 2000, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He is currently a Postdoc Research Association in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Prinston university, NJ. In 2004 and 2005, he also worked in the Mathematics of Communication Networks Group at Motorola, Arlington Heights, IL USA as a software engineer. His current research interests lie in the areas of wireless and wireline communications networks, with emphases on resource allocation, network pricing, dynamic spectrum sharing, mobile ad hoc and sensor networks, stochastics and non-convex optimizations. Dr. Huang is the receipt of a 2001 Walter P. Murphy Fellowship at Northwestern University, and a 1999 Chinese National Excellent Student Award. Randall A. Berry received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1993 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996 and 2000 respectively. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University. In 1998 he was on the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Advanced Networks Group. His primary research interests include wireless communication, data networks, and information theory. He is the recipient of a 2003 NSF CAREER award. Michael L. Honig received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1977, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1978 and 1981, respectively. He subsequently joined Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ, where he worked on local area networks and voiceband data transmission. In 1983 he joined the Systems Principles Research Division at Bellcore, where he worked on Digital Subscriber Lines and wireless communications. Since the Fall of 1994, he has been with Northwestern University where he is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. He has held visiting scholar positions at the Naval Research Laboratory (San Diego), the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Sydney, and Princeton University. He has also worked as a free-lance trombonist. Dr. Honig has served as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (1998-2000) and the IEEE Transactions on Communications (1990-1995), and was a guest editor for the European Transactions on Telecommunications and Wireless Personal Communications. He has also served as a member of the Digital Signal Processing Technical Committee for the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and as a member of the Board of Governors for the Information Theory Society (1997-2002). He is the co-recipient of the 2002 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, and is a Fellow of IEEE.