On multiple users scheduling using superposition coding over rayleigh fading channels

Ammar Zafar, Mohammad Shaqfeh, Mohamed Slim Alouini, Hussein Alnuweiri

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In this letter, numerical results are provided to analyze the gains of multiple users scheduling via superposition coding with successive interference cancellation in comparison with the conventional single user scheduling in Rayleigh block-fading broadcast channels. The information-theoretic optimal power, rate and decoding order allocation for the superposition coding scheme are considered and the corresponding histogram for the optimal number of scheduled users is evaluated. Results show that at optimality there is a high probability that only two or three users are scheduled per channel transmission block. Numerical results for the gains of multiple users scheduling in terms of the long term throughput under hard and proportional fairness as well as for fixed merit weights for the users are also provided. These results show that the performance gain of multiple users scheduling over single user scheduling increases when the total number of users in the network increases, and it can exceed 10% for high number of users.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6464495
Pages (from-to)733-736
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013



  • broadcast channels
  • multiple users scheduling
  • Rayleigh block-fading
  • successive interference cancellation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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