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An integrated priority-based cell attenuation model for dynamic cell sizing

Angela Amphawan*, Mohd Nizam Omar and Roshidi Din

Author Affiliations

Internetworks Research Laboratory, School of Computing, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, 06010, Malaysia

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2012, 2012:356  doi:10.1186/1687-1499-2012-356

Published: 27 November 2012

Abstract

A new, robust integrated priority-based cell attenuation model for dynamic cell sizing is proposed and simulated using real mobile traffic data. The proposed model is an integration of two main components; the modified virtual community–parallel genetic algorithm (VC-PGA) cell priority selection module and the evolving fuzzy neural network (EFuNN) mobile traffic prediction module. The VC-PGA module controls the number of cell attenuations by ordering the priority for the attenuation of all cells based on the level of mobile level of mobile traffic within each cell. The EFuNN module predicts the traffic volume of a particular cell by extracting and inserting meaningful rules through incremental, supervised real-time learning. The EFuNN module is placed in each cell and the output, the predicted mobile traffic volume of the particular cell, is sent to local and virtual community servers in the VC-PGA module. The VC-PGA module then assigns priorities for the size attenuation of all cells within the network, based on the predicted mobile traffic levels from the EFuNN module at each cell. The performance of the proposed module was evaluated on five adjacent cells in Selangor, Malaysia. Real-time predicted mobile traffic from the EFuNN structure was used to control the size of all the cells. Results obtained demonstrate the robustness of the integrated module in recognizing the temporal pattern of the mobile traffic and dynamically controlling the cell size in order to reduce the number of calls dropped.

Keywords:
Dynamic cell sizing; Mobile traffic prediction; Cell priority selection; Resource management