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Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Volume 2012, Article ID 169026, 10 pages
Research Article

Resource Management in Satellite Communication Systems: Heuristic Schemes and Algorithms

School of Engineering, Ruppin Academic Center, Emek Hefer, Israel

Received 26 February 2012; Revised 30 April 2012; Accepted 1 May 2012

Academic Editor: Yi Su

Copyright © 2012 Shahaf I. Wayer and Arie Reichman. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The high cost of frequency bandwidth in satellite communication emphasizes the need for good algorithms to cope with the resource allocation problem. In systems using DVB-S2 links, the optimization of resource allocation may be related to the classical multi-knapsack problem. Resource management should be carried out according to the requests of subscribers, their priority levels, and assured bandwidths. A satisfaction measure is defined to estimate the allocation processes. Heuristic algorithms together with some innovative scaling schemes are presented and compared using Monte Carlo simulation based on a traffic model introduced here.