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Coding, Multicast and Cooperation for Cache-Enabled Heterogeneous Small Cell Networks

Liao, J and Wong, K-K and Zhang, Y and Zheng, Z and Yang, K (2017) 'Coding, Multicast and Cooperation for Cache-Enabled Heterogeneous Small Cell Networks.' IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 16 (10). 6838 - 6853. ISSN 1536-1276

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Abstract

Caching at the wireless edge is a promising approach to dealing with massive content delivery in heterogeneous wireless networks, which have high demands on backhaul. In this paper, a typical cache-enabled small cell network under heterogeneous file and network settings is considered using maximum distance separable (MDS) codes for content restructuring. Unlike those in the literature considering online settings with the assumption of perfect user request information, we estimate the joint user requests using the file popularity information and aim to minimize the long-term average backhaul load for fetching content from external storage subject to the overall cache capacity constraint by optimizing the content placement in all the cells jointly. Both multicast-aware caching and cooperative caching schemes with optimal content placement are proposed. In order to combine the advantages of multicast content delivery and cooperative content sharing, a compound caching technique, which is referred to as multicast-aware cooperative caching, is then developed. For this technique, a greedy approach and a multicast-aware in-cluster cooperative approach are proposed for the small-scale networks and large-scale networks, respectively. Mathematical analysis and simulation results are presented to illustrate the advantages of MDS codes, multicast, and cooperation in terms of reducing the backhaul requirements for cache-enabled small cell networks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Caching, cooperation, heterogeneous networks
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2017 11:21
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20489

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