Traffic-Aware Energy-Efficient Resource Allocation for RSMA Based UAV Communications

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  • Meng Xiao
  • Huanxi Cui
  • Dianrun Huang
  • Zhongliang Zhao
  • Xianbin Cao

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering
Publication statusOnline published - 9 May 2023


Traffic measurement will play an essential role in future networks to reveal the traffic requirements of the users, which will support network operations like resource allocation. In this paper, we study the traffic-aware resource allocation problem for downlink rate-splitting multiple access (RSMA) based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) communications. Specifically, with the help of traffic measurement, user requirements on achievable rate are known as prior knowledge to the UAV. Considering user requirements, we maximize the energy efficiency of the UAV by jointly optimizing the UAV deployment, beamforming, rate allocation, and subcarrier allocation. To overcome the non-convexity of the above problem, a joint optimization is developed to solve it iteratively. First, a heuristic approach is proposed to find the three-dimensional location of the UAV. Then, successive convex approximation approach is utilized to optimize RSMA parameters. Moreover, we formulate the subcarrier allocation problem as a many-to-one two-sided matching game, which is tackled by the swap matching algorithm. Numerical results suggest that the proposed subcarrier allocation scheme outperforms benchmark schemes, and RSMA based schemes perform close to that based on non-orthogonal multiple access, which all outperform orthogonal frequency division multiple access based scheme. © 2023 IEEE.

Research Area(s)

  • Array signal processing, Autonomous aerial vehicles, energy efficiency, NOMA, Quality of service, rate-splitting multiple access, resource allocation, Resource management, Three-dimensional displays, Throughput, Traffic measurement, UAV deployment