Globally optimal transmitter placement for indoor wireless communication systems

Jian He, Alex A. Verstak, Layne T. Watson, Cliff A. Shaffer, Theodore S. Rappaport, Kyung K. Bae, Jing Jiang, Cheryl A. Stinson, Naren Ramakrishnan, Christopher R. Anderson, William H. Tranter

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A global optimization technique is applied to solve the optimal transmitter placement problem for indoor wireless systems. An efficient pattern search algorithm - Dividing RECTangles (DIRECT) of Jones et al. - has been connected to a parallel three-dimensional radio propagation ray tracing modeler running on a 200-node Beowulf cluster of Linux workstations. Surrogate functions for a parallel wideband code-division multiple-access (WCDMA) simulator were used to estimate the system performance for the global optimization algorithm. Power coverage and bit-error rate are considered as two different criteria for optimizing locations of a specified number of transmitters across the feasible region of the design space. This paper briefly describes the underlying radio propagation and WCDMA simulations and focuses on the design issues of the optimization loop.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1906-1911
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2004


  • Bit-error rate (BER)
  • DIviding RECTangles (DIRECT) algorithm
  • Global optimization, power coverage
  • Ray tracing
  • Surrogate function
  • Transmitter placement
  • Wideband code division multiple access (WDCMA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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