Understanding Practical Limitations of Network Coding for Assisted Proximate Communication
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|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
In next-generation wireless networks, device-to-device (D2D) communication represents a feasible way for mobile users to offload their cellular traffic demand without extra costs for deploying additional infrastructure from the network operators. Cellular (e.g., 3GPP LTE) network assistance can automate user/service discovery and connection establishment procedures, as well as enable secure D2D connectivity between proximate users. Currently, assisted direct connectivity is only available in the form of unlicensed-band protocols (e.g., WiFi Direct), which motivates research on understanding its practical limitations with realistic distributions of users and content. Whereas there are concerns that D2D communication alone may not be efficient due to limited content availability, in this paper, we advocate the use of network coding to upgrade assisted proximate communication and make it realize its full potential. In particular, we demonstrate that even simpler network coding techniques are capable to significantly improve the degrees of content availability for communicating users and thus enhance offloading performance under realistic constraints. Inspired by the recent popularity of wireless content distribution systems over D2D caches, we contribute a practical methodology for assisted data caching and distribution, mindful of the state-of-the-art D2D technology.