An adaptive allocation scheme in multiuser OFDM systems with time-varying channels

Wei Chen Pao, Yung Fang Chen, Meng Gu Tsai

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Previously, a scheme in [1] is proposed for the subcarrier, bit, and power allocation problem to minimize the total transmit power for multiuser orthogonal frequency division multiplexing systems in downlink transmission. However, it is a batch mode which may not be so efficient in terms of computational complexity for slowly time-varying channel environments. The solution of the current frame can be obtained with slight modification from that of the previous frame in an adaptive fashion. By utilizing this property, we propose a scheme to obtain the solution in the adaptive fashion, which offers comparable performance with a reduced complexity compared to the previously proposed method and other existing suboptimal methods. Based on a derived expression composed of the channel gains, the numbers of assigned subcarriers, and the data rates along with the new proposed processing procedures, the proposed adaptive scheme is able to track the channel variation for the solution adjustment in a faster speed compared to the original batch mode method. Simulation results reveal that the proposed adaptive scheme has the competitive performance compared with those of the optimal and the existing schemes while the computational complexity and the number of iterations are both reduced.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6702840
Pages (from-to)669-679
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA)
  • Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)
  • power allocation
  • subcarrier allocation


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