Master Thesis - Past Projects - Abstract
Implicit Channel Allocation in GSM/EDGE radio networks
Efficient channel allocation in GSM communication is difficult and believed to be a performance bottleneck. This thesis is dedicated to studying the performance of GSM/EDGE networks in modern usage scenarios (surfing the web, chatting and streaming services) under the assumption that explicit channel allocation is not needed.
Users are able to be (re-)allocated at any time without explicit signaling and the typically associated delay. The radio hardware of these users is identical to that of typically used devices and the theoretical peak performance is not affected. This allows the network to use the radio channels in a more efficiently way and the delays from signaling are reduced or eliminated.
The thesis studies this problem by statistically modeling such usage scenarios and the resulting channel utilization patterns. The study finds that the latency can be reduced by 40-70% for typical radio hardware, and that network throughput can be improved by up to 20%. However, further studies are needed on the subject.
Keywords: GSM, EDGE, GPRS packet scheduling, channel allocation, implicit channel allocation, ICA
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Author(s): Emily Leiviskä
Contact: Simin Nadjm-Tehrani
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