Slicing Cell Resources: The Case of HTC and MTC Coexistence
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In this paper we investigate the allocation of resources to slices on the radio interface of one cell. In particular, we develop a detailed stochastic model of the behaviour of the sliced cell radio access, including most features of the standard access procedures. Our model allows the computation of the throughput achieved by each slice, as well as the distribution of delays for each slice. The availability of a model capable of accurately predicting the performance achieved by services using different slices as a function of the cell parameters is extremely important for the automated run time management of the cell and for the correct setting of its parameters. Specifically, while our model can cope with a number of slices, we focus on the case of one cell comprising one slice for human type communications and one slice for machine type communications, and we discuss relevant emerging behaviours in the slices performance, as functions of the cell parameters. We validate the analytical predictions by comparison against the estimates of a detailed simulator, proving the accuracy of the model. Our model turns out to be very effective in providing insight and guidelines for allocation and management of resources in cells hosting slices carrying traffic derived from services with different characteristics and performance requirements.