Network Slicing for NOMA-Enabled Edge Computing

Mohammad Arif Hossain, Nirwan Ansari

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The 5G network presents a new horizon with tremendous opportunities for future generation wireless networks. Mobile edge computing (MEC), non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA), and network slicing (NS) are some of the key enablers for 5G. MEC reduces the latency to a great extent for a wireless network, while NOMA gives access to more users with resource constraints. NS provides users with a better quality of service and network operators with more flexibility. In this work, we propose an NS technique enabled with NOMA for a MEC network. The proposed NS technique improves service latency for MEC users and reduces unnecessary allocation of radio resources in NOMA. The saved resources can be leveraged to accommodate more users, thus increasing the spectral efficiency of the network. We consider different types of services based on the task completion time of users in this work. The primary focus is to optimize the total energy consumption for wireless uplink transmission for the NOMA-enabled sliced MEC network. We also propose a heuristic algorithm as an alternative to reduce the time and computational complexities of the optimization algorithm and simulate the results extensively to show the effectiveness of our proposed algorithm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)811-821
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Mobile edge computing
  • NOMA
  • energy efficiency
  • network slicing
  • spectral efficiency
  • uplink energy consumption minimization


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