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A graph theoretic approach to the channel assignment problem in cellular systems

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2 Author(s)
Chi-Wan Sung ; Dept. of Inf. Eng., Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong ; Wong, W.-S.

Generally, the channel assignment problem (CAP) for mobile cellular systems is solved by graph coloring algorithms. These algorithms, though sometimes yielding optimal solutions, do not supply any information on how far away it is from the optimum or for which situations an optimal solution can be found. In view of these undesirable features, two relevant results are presented in the paper. First of all, a lower bound for the minimum number of total channels required for the fulfillment of the demand of each cell is derived. This lower bound is tighter than the existing ones under certain conditions and can be used as a supplement of those approximate algorithms. Secondly, the authors propose an efficient algorithm to solve this problem. Though the CAP is NP-complete in general, the present algorithm provides an optimal solution for a special class of networks. For the general case, promising results are obtained and numerical examples show that the algorithm has a better performance than the existing algorithms

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Vehicular Technology Conference, 1995 IEEE 45th  (Volume:2 )

Date of Conference:

25-28 Jul 1995