Distributed Robust Power Minimization for the Downlink of Multi-Cloud Radio Access Networks

Oussama Dhif-Allah, Hayssam Dahrouj, Tareq Y. Al-Naffouri, Mohamed-Slim Alouini

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Conventional cloud radio access networks (CRANs) assume single cloud processing and treat inter-cloud interference as background noise. This paper considers the downlink of a multi-CRAN where each cloud is connected to several base-stations (BSs) through limited-capacity wireline backhaul links. The set of BSs connected to each cloud, called cluster, serves a set of pre-known mobile users. The performance of the system becomes therefore a function of both inter-cloud and intra-cloud interference, as well as the compression schemes of the limited capacity backhaul links. This paper assumes independent compression scheme and imperfect channel state information (CSI) where the CSI errors belong to an ellipsoidal bounded region. The problem of interest becomes one of minimizing the network total transmit power subject to BS power and quality of service constraints, as well as backhaul capacity and CSI error constraints. This paper suggests solving the problem using the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMMs). One highlight of this paper is that the proposed ADMM-based algorithm can be implemented in a distributed fashion across the multi-cloud network by allowing a limited amount of information exchange between the coupled clouds. Simulation results show that the proposed distributed algorithm provides a similar performance to the centralized algorithm in a reasonable number of iterations.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-335
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 6 2017


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