Adaptive multirate CDMA for uplink throughput maximization

Syed Ali Jafar, Andrea Goldsmith

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

103 Scopus citations


We determine the optimal adaptive rate and power control strategies to maximize the total throughput in a multirate code-division multiple-access system. The total throughput of the system provides a meaningful baseline in the form of an upper bound to the throughput achievable with additional restrictions imposed on the system to guarantee fairness. Peak power and instantaneous bit energy-to-noise spectral density constraints are assumed at the transmitter with matched filter detection at the receiver. Our results apply to frequency selective fading in so far as the bit energy-to-equivalent noise power spectral density ratio definition can be used as the quality-of-service metric. The bit energy-to-equivalent noise power spectral density ratio metric coincides with the bit-eror rate metric under the assumption that the processing gains and the number of users are high enough so that self-interference can be neglected. We first obtain results for the case where the rates available to each user are unrestricted, and we then consider the more practical scenario where each user has a finite discrete set of rates. An upper bound to the maximum average throughput is obtained and evaluated for Rayleigh fading. Suboptimal low-complexity schemes are considered to illustrate the performance tradeoffs between optimality and complexity. We also show that the optimum rate and power adaptation scheme with unconstrained rates is in fact just a rate adaptation scheme with fixed transmit powers, and it performs significantly better than a scheme that uses power adaptation alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-228
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


  • Adaptive systems
  • Code division multiple access (CDMA)
  • Multiaccess communication
  • Power control
  • Throughput


Dive into the research topics of 'Adaptive multirate CDMA for uplink throughput maximization'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this