Fundamental limits of memory-latency tradeoff in fog radio access networks under arbitrary demands
Girgis Bebawy, Antonious Mamdouh and Erçetin, Özgür and Nafie, Mohamed and Elbatt, Tamer (2019) Fundamental limits of memory-latency tradeoff in fog radio access networks under arbitrary demands. IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 18 (8). pp. 3871-3886. ISSN 1536-1276 (Print) 1558-2248 (Online)
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TWC.2019.2919028
We consider a fog radio access network (F-RAN) with multiple transmitters and receivers, where each transmitter is connected to the cloud via a fronthaul link. Each network node has a finite cache, where it fills its cache with portions of the library files in the off-peak hours. In the delivery phase, receivers request each library files according to an arbitrary popularity distribution. The cloud and the transmitters are responsible for satisfying the requests. This paper aims to design content placement and coded delivery schemes for minimizing both the expected normalized delivery time (NDT) and the peak NDT which measures the transmission latency. We propose achievable transmission policies, and derive an information-theoretic bound on the expected NDT under uniform popularity distribution. The analytical results show that the proposed scheme is within a gap of 2.58 from the derived bound for both the expected NDT under uniform popularity distribution and the peak NDT. Next, we investigate the expected NDT under an arbitrary popularity distribution for an F-RAN with transmitter-side caches only. The achievable and information-theoretic bounds on the expected NDT are derived, where we analytically prove that our proposed scheme is optimal within a gap of two independent of the popularity distribution.
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