Power-efficient resource allocation for time-division multiple access over fading channels

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We investigate resource allocation policies for time-division multiple access (TDMA) over fading channels in the power-limited regime. For frequency-flat block-fading channels and transmitters having full channel state information (CSI), we first minimize power under a weighted sum average rate constraint and show that the optimal rate and time allocation policies can be obtained by a greedy water-filling approach with linear complexity in the number of users. Subsequently, we pursue power minimization under individual average rate constraints and establish that the optimal resource allocation also amounts to a greedy water-filling solution. Our approaches not only provide fundamental power limits when each user can support an infinite-size capacity-achieving codebook (continuous rates), but also yield guidelines for practical designs where users can only support a finite set of adaptive modulation and coding modes (discrete rates).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1225-1240
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2008

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Manuscript received November 13, 2005; revised October 23, 2007. This work was supported by the ARO under Grant W911NF-05-1-0283 and was prepared through collaborative participation in the Communications and Networks Consortium sponsored by the U. S. Army Research Laboratory under the Collaborative Technology Alliance Program, Cooperative Agreement DAAD19-01-2-0011. The U. S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Government purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation thereon. The material of this paper was presented in part at the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Seattle, WA, July 2006, and in part at the IEEE International Conference on Communications, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K., June 2007.


  • Convex optimization
  • Fading channel
  • Time-division multiple access (TDMA)
  • Water-filling


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