October 18, 2016
Reliability in Future Radio Access Networks: from Linguistic to Quantitative Definitions
- Malanchini I.
- Suryaprakash V.
For the first time since the advent of mobile networks, an idea furthering their pervasiveness by co-opting them into various aspects of daily life has taken hold and this idea is, henceforth, intended to be a mainstay of future networks (5G and beyond). As a result, a term one frequently encounters while perusing the latest literature pertinent to radio access networks is reliability. It is, however, fairly evident that it is mostly used in a colloquial linguistic sense or that, in some cases, it used synonymously with availability. This work is, to the best of the our knowledge, the first to provide a quantitative definition of reliability which stems from its characterization in the dictionary and is based on quantitative definitions of resilience, availability, and other parameters important to radio access networks. The utility of this quantitative definition is demonstrated by developing a reliability aware scheduler which is able to take predictions of the channel quality into account while making scheduling decisions and compares it with the classical proportional fair scheduler in use today. This comparison not only succeeds in highlighting the practicality of the definition provided but it also shows that the anticipatory reliability aware scheduler is able to provide an absolute improvement of about 35 - 50% in reliability when compared to a proportional fair scheduler which is common in contemporary use.View Original Article