Popularity-aware caching increases the capacity of wireless networks

Li Qiu, Guohong Cao

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In wireless ad hoc networks, due to the interference between concurrent transmissions, the per-node capacity generally decreases with the increasing number of nodes in the network. Caching can help improve the network capacity, as it shortens the content transmission distance and reduces the communication interference. However, current researches on the capacity of wireless ad hoc networks with caching generally assume that content popularity follows a uniform distribution. They ignore the fact that contents in reality have skewed popularity, which may lead to totally different capacity results. In this paper, we evaluate how the distribution of the content popularity affects the per-node capacity, and derive different capacity scaling laws based on the skewness of the content popularity. Our results suggest that for wireless networks with caching, when contents have skewed popularity, increasing the number of nodes monotonically increases the per-node capacity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8611133
Pages (from-to)173-187
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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