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We present a scheme for reducing the part of the downlink signaling traffic in wireless multiple access systems that contains scheduling information. The theoretical basis of the scheme is that the scheduling decisions made by the base station are correlated with the CSI reports from the mobiles. This correlation can be exploited by the source coding scheme that is used to compress the scheduling maps before they are sent to the mobiles. In the proposed scheme, this idea is implemented by letting the mobiles make tentative scheduling decisions themselves, and then letting the base station transmit "agreement maps" instead of raw scheduling maps to the mobiles. The agreement maps have lower entropy and they require less resources to be transmitted than the original scheduling maps do. The improvement can be substantial. We also model the task of finding the optimal scheduling assignments according to the proposed scheme as a combinatorial optimization problem and present an efficient algorithm to find the optimal solution.
Date of Publication: January 2013