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Algorithmica

, 56:89 | Cite as

A Constant-Competitive Algorithm for Online OVSF Code Assignment

  • F. Y. L. Chin
  • H. F. TingEmail author
  • Y. Zhang
Article

Abstract

Orthogonal Variable Spreading Factor (OVSF) code assignment is a fundamental problem in Wideband Code-Division Multiple-Access (W-CDMA) systems, which plays an important role in third generation mobile communications. In the OVSF problem, codes must be assigned to incoming call requests with different data rate requirements, in such a way that they are mutually orthogonal with respect to an OVSF code tree. An OVSF code tree is a complete binary tree in which each node represents a code associated with the combined bandwidths of its two children. To be mutually orthogonal, each leaf-to-root path must contain at most one assigned code. In this paper, we focus on the online version of the OVSF code assignment problem and give a 10-competitive algorithm (where the cost is measured by the total number of assignments and reassignments used). Our algorithm improves the previous O(h)-competitive result, where h is the height of the code tree, and also another recent constant-competitive result, where the competitive ratio is only constant under amortized analysis and the constant is not determined. We also improve the lower bound of the problem from 3/2 to 5/3.

Keywords

Wideband code-division multiple-access Online algorithms Competitive analysis Lower bounds 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceThe University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong

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