Social-Aware Edge Caching in Fog Radio Access Networks
Fog radio access networks (F-RANs) are becoming an emerging and promising paradigm for fifth generation cellular communication systems. In F-RANs, distributed edge caching techniques among remote radio heads (RRHs) and user equipment (UE) can effectively alleviate the burdens on the fronthaul toward the base band unit pool and the bandwidth of the RANs. However, it is still not clear as to how social relationships affect the performance of edge caching schemes. This paper attempts to analyze the impact of mobile social networks (MSNs) on the performance of edge caching in F-RANs. We propose a Markovchain-based model to analyze edge caching among edge nodes (i.e., RRHs and MSNs), as well as data sharing among the potential MSNs from the viewpoint of content diffusion in the F-RANs. Moreover, we analyze the edge caching schemes among UE to minimize the bandwidth consumption in the RANs. Finally, the optimal edge caching strategies among RRHs in terms of caching locations and time are introduced to minimize the bandwidth consumption of fronthaul and storage costs in the F-RANs. Simulation results show that the proposed edge caching schemes among UE and RRHs are able to reduce the bandwidth consumption of RANs and fronthaul effectively.
Edge caching, fog radio access network, mobile social network, Markov chain, network intervention.