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An Analysis on Uplink OFDMA Optimality

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2 Author(s)
Hongxiang Li ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Washington Univ., Seattle, WA ; Hui Liu

Motivated by the increasing popularity of OFDMA, this paper studies the sum rate optimality of OFDMA as an uplink multicarrier multiple access scheme. More specifically, we are interested in answering the following three questions. (i) What are the conditions under which OFDMA is sum-rate optimal? (ii) What is the probability of OFDMA being sum-rate optimal? (iii) And in the case OFDMA is suboptimal, what is the performance gap between OFDMA and the optimal multicarrier solution? Within a generic discrete multicarrier uplink framework, we present the necessary and sufficient conditions for OFDMA optimality and derive the probabilities of these conditions for both low and high SNR regions. Our results show that the number of shared subchannels under the optimal solution should be less than the number of total users, thus the performance gap between the OFDMA scheme and the optimal solution is negligible when the number of subchannels is sufficiently large

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Vehicular Technology Conference, 2006. VTC 2006-Spring. IEEE 63rd  (Volume:3 )

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7-10 May 2006