May 18, 2018

Joint Link Adaptation and Scheduling for 5G Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications

  • Mogensen P.
  • Pedersen K.
  • Pocovi G.

This paper presents solutions for efficient multiplexing of ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC) and enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) traffic on a shared channel. This scenario presents multiple challenges in terms of radio resource scheduling, link adaptation and inter-cell interference, which are identified and addressed throughout the paper. We propose a joint link adaptation and resource allocation policy that dynamically adjusts the block error probability (BLEP) of URLLC small payload transmissions in accordance with the instantaneous experienced load per cell. Extensive system-level simulations of the downlink performance show promising gains of this technique, reducing the URLLC latency from 1.3 ms to 1 ms at the 99.999% percentile, with less than 10% degradation of the eMBB throughput performance as compared to conventional scheduling policies. Moreover, an exhaustive sensitivity analysis is conducted to determine the URLLC and eMBB performance under different offered loads, URLLC payload sizes, and link adaptation and scheduling strategies. The presented results give valuable insights on the maximum URLLC offered traffic load that can be tolerated while still satisfying the URLLC requirements, as well as what conditions are more appropriate for dynamic multiplexing of URLLC and eMBB traffic in the upcoming 5G systems.

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