Adaptive and Distributed Radio Resource Allocation in Densely Deployed Wireless LANs: A Game-Theoretic Approach

Taewon Song, Tae Yoon Kim, Wonjung Kim, Sangheon Pack

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As increasing numbers of access points (APs) are deployed in wireless local area networks (WLANs), they experience severe channel interference. Thus, a well-defined resource management scheme for APs should be devised. Undoubtedly, a centralized and deterministic resource management is not appropriate, owing to the distributed operation and dynamic channel condition of densely deployed WLANs. To address this problem, an adaptive and distributed radio resource allocation (ADRA) algorithm is proposed, in which an optimal mixed strategy for selecting the channel width of APs is derived via a game-theoretic approach. ADRA also fits into the densely deployed WLAN in that it considers partially overlapped channels. Simulation results show that ADRA can provide a comparable throughput and fairness performance to centralized algorithms, even though it functions in a distributed manner. Moreover, it is shown that ADRA works adaptively even when network environments change rapidly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4466-4475
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received April 18, 2017; revised August 28, 2017 and November 20, 2017; accepted December 27, 2017. Date of publication January 11, 2018; date of current version May 14, 2018. This work was supported in part by a Korea University Grant and in part by the Institute for Information and Communications Technology Promotion under Grant 2014-0-00552 (Next Generation WLAN System with High Efficient Performance) funded by the Korea Government (Ministry of Science and ICT). A preliminary version of this paper [1] was presented at the International Conference on Information Networking, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Jan. 2016. The review of this paper was coordinated by Prof. J. Misic. (Corresponding author: Sangheon Pack.) T. Song is with the Advanced Standard R&D Laboratory, LG Electronics, Seoul 150-721, South Korea (e-mail: [email protected]).

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  • Adaptive algorithm
  • dense WLAN
  • distributed MAC
  • game-theory
  • resource allocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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