Self-Organizing Flying Drones with Massive MIMO Networking


This article studies distributed algorithms to con-trol self-organizing swarm drone hotspots with massive MIMO networking capabilities- A network scenario referred to as OrgSwarm. We attempt to answer the following fundamental question: What is the optimal way to provide spectrally-efficient wireless access to a multitude of ground nodes with mobile base stations/aerial relays mounted on a swarm of drones and endowed with a large number of antennas; when we can control the position of many-antenna-enabled drones, access association of ground nodes to drones, and the transmit power of ground nodes? The article first derives a mathematical formulation of the problem of spectral efficiency maximization through joint control of the movement of many-antenna-enabled aerial drones, access association of single-antenna ground nodes to many-antenna drones, and transmit power of ground nodes. It is shown that the resulting network control problem is a mixed integer nonlinear nonconvex programming problem (MINLP). We then first design a distributed solution algorithm with polynomial computational complexity. Then, a centralized but globally optimal solution algorithm is designed based on a combination of the branch and bound framework and convex relaxation techniques to provide a performance benchmark for the distributed algorithm. Results indicate that the distributed algorithm achieves a network spectral efficiency very close (over 95% on average) to the global optimum.

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17th Annual Mediterranean Ad Hoc Networking Workshop, Med-Hoc-Net 2018 (2018: Jun. 20-22, Capri, Italy )


Computer Science


This work is based upon material supported in part by Air Force Research Laboratory under Contract FA8750-14-1-0074 and Grant ARMY W911NF-17-1-0034.

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Ad Hoc Networks; Aircraft Control; Antennas; Benchmarking; Efficiency; Integer Programming; Polynomials; Relaxation Processes, Convex Relaxation; Distributed Solutions; Mathematical Formulation; Mobile Base Station; Non-Convex Programming; Optimal Solutions; Spectral Efficiencies; Spectral Efficiency Maximizations, Drones

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