December 01, 2017
Ultra-Dense Networks: A New Look at the Proportional Fair Scheduler
In this paper, we theoretically study the proportional fair (PF) scheduler in the context of ultra-dense networks (UDNs). Analytical results are obtained for the coverage probability and the area spectral efficiency (ASE) performance of dense small cell networks (SCNs) with the PF scheduler employed at base stations (BSs). For the case of sparse networks, we further derive an easy-to-compute upper-bound performance. By comparing the previous results of the round-robin (RR) scheduler with our new results of the PF scheduler, we quantify the loss of the multiuser diversity of the PF scheduler with the network densification, which casts a new look at the role of the PF scheduler in UDNs. Our conclusion is that the RR scheduler could be used in UDNs to simplify the radio resource management (RRM).