A Computing Resource Management Framework for Software-Defined Radios

Abstract

Software-defined radio (SDR) is an emerging concept that leverages the design of software-defined and hardware- independent signal processing chains for radio communications. It introduces flexibility to wireless systems, facilitating the dynamic switch from one radio access technology to another or, in other words, the de and reallocation of computing resources from one SDR application to another. This paper introduces an SDR computing resource management framework. It accounts for several SDR system characteristics, including real-time computing requirements, limited computing resources, and heterogeneous multiprocessor platforms. The framework features the t<sub>w</sub>-mapping, a dynamic mapping algorithm that is apt for many cost functions and radio scenarios. The cost function proposal dynamically manages the available computing resources to satisfy the SDR computing constraints. Two SDR scenarios, based on representative SDR platforms and processing chains, and the corresponding simulation results demonstrate the framework's relevance and suitability for SDRs.

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