On the Effect of Channel Fading on Greedy Scheduling Conference Paper uri icon


  • Greedy Maximal Scheduling (GMS) is an attractive low-complexity scheme for scheduling in wireless networks. Recent work has characterized its throughput for the case when there is no fading/channel variations. This paper aims to understand the effect of channel variations on the relative throughput performance of GMS vis-a-vis that of an optimal scheduler facing the same fading. The effect is not a-priori obvious because, on the one hand, fading could help by decoupling/precluding global states that lead to poor GMS performance, while on the other hand fading adds another degree of freedom in which an event unfavorable to GMS could occur. We show that both these situations can occur when fading is adversarial. In particular, we first define the notion of a Fading Local Pooling factor (F-LPF), and show that it exactly characterizes the throughput of GMS in this setting. We also derive general upper and lower bounds on F-LPF. Using these bounds, we provide two example networks - one where the relative performance of GMS is worse than if there were no fading, and one where it is better. © 2012 IEEE.

author list (cited authors)

  • Reddy, A. A., Sanghavi, S., & Shakkottai, S.

publication date

  • January 1, 2012 11:11 AM