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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 140727, 10 pages
Research Article

Efficient Resource Scheduling by Exploiting Relay Cache for Cellular Networks

1School of Communication and Information Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China
2National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Communications, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China

Received 13 May 2014; Accepted 25 August 2014

Academic Editor: Xue Jun Li

Copyright © 2015 Chun He et al. 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.


In relay-enhanced cellular systems, throughput of User Equipment (UE) is constrained by the bottleneck of the two-hop link, backhaul link (or the first hop link), and access link (the second hop link). To maximize the throughput, resource allocation should be coordinated between these two hops. A common resource scheduling algorithm, Adaptive Distributed Proportional Fair, only ensures that the throughput of the first hop is greater than or equal to that of the second hop. But it cannot guarantee a good balance of the throughput and fairness between the two hops. In this paper, we propose a Two-Hop Balanced Distributed Scheduling (TBS) algorithm by exploiting relay cache for non-real-time data traffic. The evolved Node Basestation (eNB) adaptively adjusts the number of Resource Blocks (RBs) allocated to the backhaul link and direct links based on the cache information of relays. Each relay allocates RBs for relay UEs based on the size of the relay UE’s Transport Block. We also design a relay UE’s ACK feedback mechanism to update the data at relay cache. Simulation results show that the proposed TBS can effectively improve resource utilization and achieve a good trade-off between system throughput and fairness by balancing the throughput of backhaul and access link.