A survey of caching techniques in cellular networks: Research issues and challenges in content placement and delivery strategies

Liying Li, Guodong Zhao*, Rick S. Blum

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Mobile data traffic is currently growing exponentially and these rapid increases have caused the backhaul data rate requirements to become the major bottleneck to reducing costs and raising revenue for operators. To address this problem, caching techniques have attracted significant attention since they can effectively reduce the backhaul traffic by eliminating duplicate data transmission that carries popular content. In addition, other system performance metrics can also be improved through caching techniques, e.g., spectrum efficiency, energy efficiency, and transmission delay. In this paper, we provide a systematical survey of the state-of-the-art caching techniques that were recently developed in cellular networks, including macro-cellular networks, heterogeneous networks, device-to-device networks, cloud-radio access networks, and fog-radio access networks. In particular, we give a tutorial on the fundamental caching techniques and introduce caching algorithms from three aspects, i.e., content placement, content delivery, and joint placement and delivery. We provide comprehensive comparisons among different algorithms in terms of different performance metrics, including throughput, backhaul cost, power consumption, and network delay. Finally, we summarize the main research achievements in different networks, and highlight main challenges and potential research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8327582
Pages (from-to)1710-1732
Number of pages23
JournalIEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials
Volume20
Issue number3
Early online date28 Mar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes

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