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Coordinating Secondary-User Behaviors for Inelastic Traffic Reward Maximization in Large-Scale \osa Networks

TitleCoordinating Secondary-User Behaviors for Inelastic Traffic Reward Maximization in Large-Scale \osa Networks
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHamdaoui, B., MJ. NoroozOliaee, K. Tumer, and A. Rayes
JournalIEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management
Pagination501 - 513
Date Published12/2012
Keywordscooperative and coordinated learning, distributed resource allocation and management, dynamic and opportunistic spectrum access

We develop efficient coordination techniques that support inelastic traffic in large-scale distributed dynamic spectrum access (DSA) networks. By means of any learning algorithm, the proposed techniques enable DSA users to locate and exploit spectrum opportunities effectively, thereby increasing their achieved throughput (or “rewards” to be more general). Basically, learning algorithms allow DSA users to learn by interacting with the environment, and use their acquired knowledge to select the proper actions that maximize their own objectives, thereby “hopefully” maximizing their long-term cumulative received reward. However, when DSA users' objectives are not carefully coordinated, learning algorithms can lead to poor overall system performance, resulting in lesser per-user average achieved rewards. In this paper, we derive efficient objective functions that DSA users can aim to maximize, and that by doing so, users' collective behavior also leads to good overall system performance, thus maximizing each user's long-term cumulative received rewards. We show that the proposed techniques are: (i) efficient by enabling users to achieve high rewards, (ii) scalable by performing well in systems with a small as well as a large number of users, (iii) learnable by allowing users to reach up high rewards very quickly, and (iv) distributive by being implementable in a decentralized manner.

Short TitleIEEE Trans. Netw. Serv. Manage.