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Robust Adaptive Modulation and Coding (AMC) Selection in LTE Systems Using Reinforcement Learning

Adaptive Modulation and Coding (AMC) in LTE networks is commonly employed to improve system throughput by ensuring more reliable transmissions. Most of existing AMC methods select the modulation and coding scheme (MCS) using pre-computed mappings between MCS indexes and channel quality indicator (CQI) feedbacks that are periodically sent by the receivers. However, the effectiveness of this approach heavily depends on the assumed channel model. In addition CQI feedback delays may cause throughput losses. In this paper we design a new AMC scheme that exploits a reinforcement learning algorithm to adjust at run-time the MCS selection rules based on the knowledge of the effect of previous AMC decisions. The salient features of our proposed solution are: i) the low-dimensional space that the learner has to explore, and ii) the use of direct link throughput measurements to guide the decision process. Simulation results obtained using ns3 demonstrate the robustness of our AMC scheme that is capable of discovering the best MCS even if the CQI feedback provides a poor prediction of the channel performance.


IEEE 80th Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC2014-Fall, Vancouver, Canada, 2014

IIT authors:

Antonino Masaracchia

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Type: Article in proceedings of international peer-reviewed conference
Field of reference: Information Technology and Communication Systems
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