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Luis Felipe Ariza-Vesga, PhD https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1262-1413

Johan Sebastian Eslava-Garzon, PhD https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4459-2565

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Abstract

The objective of this paper is to extend into the OpenAirInterface platform the Coordinated Scheduling (CS) technique to allocate resource blocks among User Equipment (UE) in a wisely way and to control the energy efficiency, the throughput, and the inter-cell interference for Cloud Radio Access Networks (C-RANs). It is achieved by modifying the OpenAirInterface scheduler code, increasing the Remote Radio Unit (RRU) scalability, and employing some component carriers of the Radio Cloud Center (RCC), each one them with one or more UEs. The hardware utilized is composed of general-purpose processors and fast Ethernet transport ports, and the software is recent frequency-domain methodologies in a software-only environment where the use of radio units are not required. However, the USRP B200 mini-i radio unit and the UE (Samsung Galaxy S8) were considered only for validation purposes. The emulations using frequency-domain methodologies, compatible with fourth and fifth-generation cellular systems, allowed real-time emulations and reduced 10-fold the multipath channel’s signal processing complexity compared to time-domain methodologies. The results show we can emulate a real-time static coordinated scheduling proof-of-concept for one C-RAN composed of one RCC, three RRUs, and three UEs. In the end, it is evaluated the reproducibility and the scalability of synthetic networks composed of one RRU and at least one UE, without using software-defined radio units, reducing prototyping uncertainties of the physical hardware and the total price of the experiment.

Keywords

Coordinated scheduling, C-RAN, frequency-domain methodologies, OpenAirInterface, software-only environment, synthetic network, time-domain methodologiesProgramación coordinada de recursos, C-RAN, Metodologías en el dominio de la frecuencia, OpenAirInterface, ambiente solo de software, redes sintéticas, metodologías en el dominio del tiempo

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How to Cite
Ariza-Vesga, L. F., & Eslava-Garzon, J. S. (2021). Real-time Coordinated Scheduling for Cloud Radio Access Networks in a Software-only Environment using the OpenAirInterface Platform. Ingenieria Y Universidad, 25. https://doi.org/10.11144/Javeriana.iued25.rcsc
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Electrical and computer engineering