Optimal Wireless Rate and Power Control Using Reinforcement Learning

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Raji, Fadlullah Adeola
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Middle Tennessee State University
Increased throughput and energy efficiency of wireless devices are achievable when factors such as interference reduction, power management, and data transmission rate selection are considered. This thesis proposes an algorithm for optimizing the performance of wireless networks using reinforcement learning. The algorithm, a.k.a. the agent, observes the state of a wireless device’s battery, packet queue, transmission medium, etc. and establishes the optimal policy for joint control of transmission power and speed. Using the NS3 network simulation software, we implement agents focusing on three different reward functions: throughput-critical, energy-critical, and throughput and energy balanced. We compare their performance to the conventional Minstrel rate adaptation algorithm: our approach can achieve (i) higher throughput when using the throughput-critical reward function; (ii) lower energy consumption when using the energy-critical reward function; and (iii) higher throughput and roughly the same energy when using the throughput and energy balanced reward function.
Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Rate Control, Reinforcement Learning, Wireless Communication, Wireless Network, Computer science, Electrical engineering, Computer engineering