Publication No 40318


Werthmann, T.*; Grob-Lipski, H.; Scholz, S.*; Haberland, B.


Task Assignment Strategies for Pools of Baseband Computation Units in 4G Cellular Networks


Mobile Communications


Performance Evaluation; Software Engineering




A promising architecture for future cellular mobile networks is to place remote radio heads on the cell towers and connect those via fibers with a centralized pool of baseband units. Among other things, the centralization of baseband computation facilitates multiplexing gains and can thereby save compute resources. To realize these gains, an efficient and load-balancing assignment of compute jobs to computation units is required. In contrast to approaches in literature, our architecture virtualizes the processing for each UE separately. It thereby provides a finer granularity and allows to newly decide the assignment of a compute job to a processing unit whenever a UE starts transmitting data. In this publication, we present multiple heuristics to decide this assignment. We compare the efficiency of the assignment and the perceived service quality realized by the heuristics with an ideal assignment and the classical static cell-based assignment. Our evaluation shows that by using a good assignment heuristic, about 50 % of the hardware resources can be saved.



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Werthmann, T.; Grob-Lipski, H.; Scholz, S.; Haberland, B.
Task Assignment Strategies for Pools of Baseband Computation Units in 4G Cellular Networks
IEEE ICC 2015 - Workshop on Cloud-Processing in Heterogeneous Mobile Communication Networks (IWCPM), London, June 2015, pp. 2714-2720

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