The marginal user principle for resource allocation in wireless networks

Daron Acemoglu, Asuman Ozdaglar, R. Srikant

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We consider the problem of resource allocation in a wireless network operated by a single service provider. The motivating model is the downlink in a cellular network where the provider sets the price of entry into the wireless network and then allocates power levels (and transmission rates) to the participating users as a function of the users' channel conditions according to a pre-specifled policy. The provider's goal is to design the power allocation policy that maximizes its revenue, recognizing the effects of his decisions on the choice of users to join the network. We show that the power allocation policy chosen by the service provider satisfies the following marginal user principle: the network allocates power levels such that the utility of the marginal user, who is indifferent to joining the network or not, is maximized. While the motivation is drawn from power allocation, the marginal user principle also generalizes to other resource allocation problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberWeA05.2
Pages (from-to)1544-1549
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
StatePublished - 2004
Event2004 43rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) - Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: Dec 14 2004Dec 17 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization

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