Optimal remote radio head selection for cloud radio access networks



The cloud radio access network (C-RAN) promises significant gain to the data rate over the LTE-advanced by transferring the burdensome baseband signal processing from the remote radio heads (RRHs) to the baseband unit via the front-haul. However, scalable improvement of the overall throughput may not be maintained due to limited front-haul capacity. In this paper, we study the throughput maximization problem by selecting the active RRHs. In particular, we develop an optimum algorithm which selects a subset of active RRHs that maximize the system throughput under the front-haul constraint. In addition, the asymptotically optimum number of RRHs is derived in closed-form for low and high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) regimes. It is demonstrated that the proposed RRH selection scheme outperforms any other existing schemes with substantial gain of achievable throughput for any given number of RRHs and any predetermined front-haul capacity constraints.


云无线接入网络把艰巨的基带信号处理任务从远程射频单元转移到基带信号处理单元,这二者之间通过光纤连接,今儿能够获得比现代长期演进系统(LTE-advanced)更为高速的数据速率。 然而,远程射频单元与基带信号处理单元之间的连接称为前向回城链路,该链路容量严重制约该吞吐量的明显提升。本论文通过设计远程射频单元的最优选择方案,进而降低前向回程容量的数据速率开销,最终提高整个系统的吞吐量。 特别地,我们提出了一个最优算法,该算法从所有可用的远程射频单元集合中选择一个子集,该子集能够在前向回程容量约束前提下最大化系统的吞吐量。另外,我们理论分析出远程射频单元的最优数目分别在高信噪比和低信噪比场景下的解析表达式, 计算机数值仿真表明所提远程射频单元最优选择算法明显超越了现有方案,所实现的增益在任意给定的前向回程容量约束和任何给定的所有远程射频单元集合情况下都是非常明显的。

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Li, C., Song, K., Wang, D. et al. Optimal remote radio head selection for cloud radio access networks. Sci. China Inf. Sci. 59, 102315 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11432-016-0060-y

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  • cloud radio access network (C-RAN)
  • baseband unit (BBU)
  • front-haul
  • remote radio head (RRH)


  • 云无线接入
  • 基带单元
  • 前向回程
  • 远程射频单元
  • 102315
  • 102315