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Optimal User Association, Backhaul Routing and Switching off in 5G Heterogeneous Networks with Mesh Millimeter Wave Backhaul Links
Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
UPC-BarcelonaTECH, Barcelona, Spain.
(DISCO)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4961-5087
(DISCO)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9446-8143
2018 (English)In: Ad hoc networks, ISSN 1570-8705, E-ISSN 1570-8713, Vol. 78, p. 99-114Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Next generation, i.e., fifth generation (5G), cellular networks will provide a significant higher capacity per area to support the ever-increasing traffic demands. In order to achieve that, many small cells need to be deployed that are connected using a combination of optical fiber links and millimeter-wave (mmWave) backhaul architecture to forward heterogeneous traffic over mesh topologies. In this paper, we present a general optimization framework for the design of policies that optimally solve the problem of where to associate a user, over which links to route its traffic towards which mesh gateway, and which base stations and backhaul links to switch off in order to minimize the energy cost for the network operator and still satisfy the user demands. We develop an optimal policy based on mixed integer linear programming (MILP) which considers different user distribution and traffic demands over multiple time periods. We develop also a fast iterative two-phase solution heuristic, which associates users and calculates backhaul routes to maximize energy savings. Our strategies optimize the backhaul network configuration at each timeslot based on the current demands and user locations. We discuss the application of our policies to backhaul management of mmWave cellular networks in light of current trend of network softwarization (Software-Defined Networking, SDN). Finally, we present extensive numerical simulations of our proposed policies, which show how the algorithms can efficiently trade-off energy consumption with required capacity, while satisfying flow demand requirements.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 78, p. 99-114
Keywords [en]
5G; Energy efficiency; Green networks; Mesh backhaul; Millimeter wave; Optimization; Routing; Software defined networking (SDN); Switching off; User association
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Computer Sciences Communication Systems Telecommunications Computer Systems Computer Engineering
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Computer Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67393DOI: 10.1016/j.adhoc.2018.05.008ISI: 000441653100009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-67393DiVA, id: diva2:1210631
Available from: 2018-05-29 Created: 2018-05-29 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved

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