Special Issue "Recent Advances in Cellular D2D Communications"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Boon-Chong Seet

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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Interests: 5G wireless communications; antennas and radio frequency based sensors; smart textile and wearable technologies
Guest Editor
Dr. Syed Faraz Hasan

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, Private Bag 11 222, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
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Interests: device-to-device communication; 5G networks; D2D discovery; mobile personal cells
Guest Editor
Prof. Peter Chong

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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Interests: radio resource management; multiple access; mobile/vehicular ad hoc networks; multihop cellular networks; green radio networks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Device-to-device (D2D) communications have attracted a great deal of attention from researchers in recent years. It is a promising technique for offloading local traffic from cellular base stations by allowing local devices, in physical proximity, to communicate directly with each other. Furthermore, the resulting short-range communications can enable local devices to realize higher data rates, lower communication latency, and reduced power consumption. Through relaying, D2D is also a promising approach to enhancing service coverage, particularly at cell edges or in black spots within the cell. In addition to improving network performance and service quality, D2D can open up opportunities for new proximity-based services and applications for cellular users.

However, there are many challenges to realizing the full benefits of D2D. For one, minimizing the interference between legacy cellular and D2D users, operating in underlay mode, is still an active research issue. With 5G expected to be the main carrier for IoT traffic, the potential role of D2D and its scalability to support massive IoT devices and their machine-centric (as opposed to human-centric) communications need to be investigated. New challenges have also arisen from new enabling technologies for D2D communications, such as millimeter-wave and massive MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) systems, which call for new solutions to be proposed. The aforementioned matters are just a few examples of the many challenges that remain to be addressed.

This Special Issue aims to present a collection of exciting papers, reporting the most recent advances in cellular D2D communications. Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Interference and power control for D2D communications
  • Radio resource allocation and scheduling for D2D communications
  • Machine-centric scalable D2D communications for 5G IoT
  • D2D communications with relaying in millimeter-wave 5G networks
  • Massive MIMO with D2D communications
  • Fog/Cloud based 5G radio access networks with D2D communications
  • Network coding in D2D communications
  • D2D communications in vehicular environments
  • Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) based D2D group communications
  • Energy harvesting based D2D communications
  • Big data based optimization of cellular network with D2D communications
  • Novel new services and applications

Dr. Boon-Chong Seet
Dr. Syed Faraz Hasan
Prof. Peter Chong
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • cellular
  • interference
  • resource allocation
  • machine-centric
  • internet-of-things
  • millimeter-wave
  • massive mimo
  • non-orthogonal multiple access
  • energy harvesting

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Open AccessArticle Multicell Interference Management in Device to Device Underlay Cellular Networks
Future Internet 2017, 9(3), 44; doi:10.3390/fi9030044
Received: 27 July 2017 / Revised: 27 July 2017 / Accepted: 3 August 2017 / Published: 7 August 2017
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In this paper, the problem of interference mitigation in a multicell Device to Device (D2D) underlay cellular network is addressed. In this type of network architectures, cellular users and D2D users share common Resource Blocks (RBs). Though such paradigms allow potential increase in
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In this paper, the problem of interference mitigation in a multicell Device to Device (D2D) underlay cellular network is addressed. In this type of network architectures, cellular users and D2D users share common Resource Blocks (RBs). Though such paradigms allow potential increase in the number of supported users, the latter comes at the cost of interference increase that in turn calls for the design of efficient interference mitigation methodologies. To treat this problem efficiently, we propose a two step approach, where the first step concerns the efficient RB allocation to the users and the second one the transmission power allocation. Specifically, the RB allocation problem is formulated as a bilateral symmetric interaction game. This assures the existence of a Nash Equilibrium (NE) point of the game, while a distributed algorithm, which converges to it, is devised. The power allocation problem is formulated as a linear programming problem per RB, and the equivalency between this problem and the total power minimization problem is shown. Finally, the operational effectiveness of the proposed approach is evaluated via numerical simulations, while its superiority against state of the art approaches existing in the recent literature is shown in terms of increased number of supported users, interference reduction and power minimization. Full article
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Open AccessArticle NB-IoT for D2D-Enhanced Content Uploading with Social Trustworthiness in 5G Systems
Future Internet 2017, 9(3), 31; doi:10.3390/fi9030031
Received: 14 June 2017 / Revised: 5 July 2017 / Accepted: 6 July 2017 / Published: 8 July 2017
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Future fifth-generation (5G) cellular systems are set to give a strong boost to the large-scale deployment of Internet of things (IoT). In the view of a future converged 5G-IoT infrastructure, cellular IoT solutions such as narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and device-to-device (D2D) communications are
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Future fifth-generation (5G) cellular systems are set to give a strong boost to the large-scale deployment of Internet of things (IoT). In the view of a future converged 5G-IoT infrastructure, cellular IoT solutions such as narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and device-to-device (D2D) communications are key technologies for supporting IoT scenarios and applications. However, some open issues still need careful investigation. An example is the risk of threats to privacy and security when IoT mobile services rely on D2D communications. To guarantee efficient and secure connections to IoT services involving exchange of sensitive data, reputation-based mechanisms to identify and avoid malicious devices are fast gaining ground. In order to tackle the presence of malicious nodes in the network, this paper introduces reliability and reputation notions to model the level of trust among devices engaged in an opportunistic hop-by-hop D2D-based content uploading scheme. To this end, social awareness of devices is considered as a means to enhance the identification of trustworthy nodes. A performance evaluation study shows that the negative effects due to malicious nodes can be drastically reduced by adopting the proposed solution. The performance metrics that proved to benefit from the proposed solution are data loss, energy consumption, and content uploading time. Full article
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