User-specific QoS aware scheduling and implementation in wireless systems

In this paper, we explore user-specific QoS requirements and associated schedulers that are very critical in optimizing the spectral allocation for wireless systems. Two user-specific QoS aware schedulers are proposed that considers the user-specific QoS requirements in the allocation of resources. Depending upon whether improving the MOS (Mean Opinion Score) or both the system capacity and the MOS is the goal, a MOS improvement scheduler or MOS-plus-capacity improvement scheduler is proposed for VoIP applications.

Detailed system implementation analysis based upon LTE system specification is performed, and it is shown that very modest modifications to current protocols are needed to support user-specific QoS aware scheduling. System simulations are performed for a set of VoIP users assigned specific QoS target levels in the OPNET Modeler for LTE systems. Simulation results show that appreciable MOS or/and system capacity improvement can be achieved if such user-specific QoS requirements are considered in the proposed user-specific QoS aware schedulers. Also, it is shown that the scheduling period of up to 1000 ms doesn’t significantly impair the system performance.