Constant-Rate Power Allocation under Constraint on Average BER in Adaptive OFDM Systems


C. Liu, A. Schmeink, R. Mathar,


        In adaptive orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) systems, different powers and rates can be
allocated to subcarriers optimally by water-filling. This strategy has been proved to improve the system performance significantly.
However, a large signalling overhead is induced by water-filling to contain the group of presently employed mapping schemes. The faster the channel varies in time, the more frequently the large signalling overhead is needed. In this paper, to avoid such a problem, we propose that a constant rate and different powers are allocated to subcarriers while satisfying the constraints on the transmission rate and the average bit-error rate (BER).
First, an approximate relationship between BER and signalto-noise ratio (SNR) is employed. Then, based on the convex optimization framework, the transmission power is optimally
distributed to the used subcarriers with an optimal constant rate. The subcarrier assignment can be determined by an upgraded bisection method, which can be also used for other resource
allocation problems. Simulations demonstrate that the proposed resource allocation strategy has better performance than waterfilling with the signalling overhead considered in fast timevarying environment.

BibTEX Reference Entry 

	author = {Chunhui Liu and Anke Schmeink and Rudolf Mathar},
	title = "Constant-Rate Power Allocation under Constraint on Average BER in Adaptive {OFDM} Systems",
	booktitle = "{IEEE} International Conference on Communications ({ICC} 2010)",
	address = {Cape Town, South Africa,},
	month = May,
	year = 2010,
	hsb = hsb910019982,


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