Communications in Information and Systems
Volume 2 (2002)
On the transport capacity of a broadcast Gaussian channel
Pages: 183 – 216
The main question addressed in this paper is the problem of maximizing the “transport capacity” of a broadcast network in a Gaussian power-law channel, where by transport capacity we mean a generalization of the bandwidth-distance product as a means of assigning value to the information delivered by a communication network. This problem arises in areas such as cellular network coverage and ad-hoc network design, where the distance or area covered by a transmission is a critical consideration in the system design process.
In the process of addressing this issue we also derive a transport-capacity maximizing resource allocation scheme for a general set of reward and channel penalty functions. The behavior of transport capacity for a very large network of receivers in a Gaussian power-law channel is also examined and a “large-scale” view of the optimal power allocation scheme for a given distance-payoff function is provided.