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This paper proposes two novel contributions: a fast statistical method for scheduling gain calculation is introduced, and we show how it can be combined with queuing theory and real network measurements in order to calculate the flow-level performance of a cellular network that uses Proportional Fair (PF) scheduling. A statistical method to evaluate the scheduling gain is proposed and a proof of its convergence is given. This method is three orders of magnitude faster than full system simulation. Based on these results, a queuing theory analysis is performed and is applied to the pedestrian A 3km/h channel model and LMMSE receiver. The evaluation uses drive tests measurements to reflect the realistic distribution of radio conditions. The derived flow-level performance of PF scheduling, including blocking rate, outage rate and flow throughput, is of major interest for network operators.
Date of Conference: 9-13 May 2011