Multiuser OFDM with adaptive subcarrier, bit, and power allocation

Cheong Yui Wong, Roger S. Cheng, Khaled Ben Letaief, Ross D. Murch

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Multiuser orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) with adaptive multiuser subcarrier allocation and adaptive modulation is considered. Assuming knowledge of the instantaneous channel gains for all users, we propose a multiuser OFDM subcarrier, bit, and power allocation algorithm to minimize the total transmit power. This is done by assigning each user a set of subcarriers and by determining the number of bits and the transmit power level for each subcarrier. We obtain the performance of our proposed algorithm in a multiuser frequency selective fading environment for various time delay spread values and various numbers of users. The results show that our proposed algorithm outperforms multiuser OFDM systems with static time-division multiple access (TDMA) or frequency-division multiple access (FDMA) techniques which employ fixed and predetermined time-slot or subcarrier allocation schemes. We have also quantified the improvement in terms of the overall required transmit power, the bit-error rate (BER), or the area of coverage for a given outage probability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1747-1758
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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