On Channel Selection for Carrier Aggregation Systems
In this paper, the problem of sub-channel selection for carrier aggregation (CA) systems is examined. CA enables the achievement of high data rate links via simultaneous transmissions over multiple component carriers. A CA system usually occupies only a limited number of sub-channels M of these components due to limitations on the maximum permitted number of sub-channels per system. From an information theoretic point of view, a CA system should detect and employ the M-best sub-channels out of the N available ones. To that end, such a system probes a subset of sub-channels during each coherence time via pilot transmission. Then, for the best M sub-channels, one-bit feedback information is transmitted in order to prohibit the transmission through sub-channels with gain below a threshold. The aim is to derive tractable forms via employing the extreme value theory for the sum rate (lower bound on ergodic capacity) achieved by the system under Rayleigh fading and then, to optimize jointly the training length and power, the number of the probed sub-channels (probing bandwidth size) and the feedback threshold such that the sum rate is maximized by considering the sub-channel estimation error. The accuracy of the theoretical analysis is verified by numerical results. 1972-2012 IEEE.
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