Interference-aware resource management techniques for cognitive radio networks.
Almalfouh, Sami M.
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The objective of the proposed research is to develop interference-aware resource management techniques for CR networks that opportunistically operate within the licensed primary networks spectrum and to investigate the application of such CR techniques to emerging wireless networks. In this thesis, we report on a set of laboratory experiments that we undertook to analyze the interference between the CR-based wireless regional-area network (WRAN) standard and the digital television (DTV) broadcasting system. We determined the tolerable levels of WRAN interference into DTV receivers and studied the effect of these interference levels on WRAN deployment. Based on the need for efficient utilization of the primary network spectrum, we propose efficient interference-aware radio resource allocation (RRA) techniques for orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) CR networks. These RRA techniques aim to maximize the CR network throughput and to keep the CR interference to the primary network at or below a predefined threshold, known as the "interference temperature" limit. Moreover, we propose a joint spectrum-sensing design and power control algorithm that lead to increased CR network throughput and efficient protection of the PUs from undue interference. Interference coordination (IC) is considered a key technique for capacity maximization in emerging heterogeneous wireless networks. We propose a CR-based IC and RRA algorithm for OFDMA femtocell deployments to achieve efficient spectrum utilization and maximum network throughput. CR is envisioned as a key enabling technology for future wireless networks; our novel CR techniques will provide other researchers useful tools to design such networks.