Opportunistic multicasting scheduling using erasure-correction coding over wireless channels

  • Authors:
  • Quang Le-Dang;Tho Le-Ngoc

  • Affiliations:
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada;Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • Venue:
  • EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking
  • Year:
  • 2010

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This paper proposes an opportunistic multicast scheduling scheme using erasure-correction coding to jointly explore the multicast gain and multiuser diversity. For each transmission, the proposed scheme sends only one copy to all users in the multicast group at a transmission rate determined by a SNR threshold. Analytical framework is developed to establish the optimum selection of the SNR threshold and coding rate for given channel conditions to achieve the best throughput in both cases of full channel knowledge and only partial channel knowledge of the average SNR and fading type. Numerical results show that the proposed scheme outperforms both the worst-user and best-user schemes for a wide range of average SNR and multicast group size. Our study indicates that full channel knowledge is only significantly beneficial at smallmulticast group size. For a large multicast group, partial channel knowledge is sufficient to closely approach the achievable throughput in the case of full channel knowledge while it can significantly reduce the overhead required for channel information feedback. Further extension of the proposed scheme applied to OFDM system to exploit frequency diversity in a frequency-selective fading environment illustrates that a considerable delay reduction can be achieved with negligible degradation in multicast throughput.