Energy-Aware Scheduling of Virtualized Base Stations in O-RAN with Online Learning

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The design of Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) compliant systems for configuring the virtualized Base Stations (vBSs) is of paramount importance for network operators. This task is challenging since optimizing the vBS scheduling procedure requires knowledge of parameters, which are erratic and demanding to obtain in advance. In this paper, we propose an online learning algorithm for balancing the performance and energy consumption of a vBS. This algorithm provides performance guarantees under unforeseeable conditions, such as non-stationary traffic and network state, and is oblivious to the vBS operation profile. We study the problem in its most general form and we prove that the proposed technique achieves sub-linear regret (i.e., zero average optimality gap) even in a fast-changing environment. By using real-world data and various trace-driven evaluations, our findings indicate savings of up to 74.3% in the power consumption of a vBS in comparison with state-of-the-art benchmarks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the GLOBECOM 2022 - 2022 IEEE Global Communications Conference
Place of PublicationPiscataway
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-3540-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-3541-3
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventGLOBECOM 2022 - 2022 IEEE Global Communications Conference - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 Dec 20228 Dec 2022

Publication series

Name2022 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2022 - Proceedings


ConferenceGLOBECOM 2022 - 2022 IEEE Global Communications Conference
CityRio de Janeiro

Bibliographical note

Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository 'You share, we take care!' - Taverne project
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  • O-RAN
  • Scheduling
  • Network Optimization
  • Green Mobile Networks
  • Virtualization


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