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(11)EP 2 518 927 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
06.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/19

(21)Application number: 12159392.5

(22)Date of filing:  14.03.2012
(51)Int. Cl.: 
H04L 1/18  (2006.01)
H04L 5/00  (2006.01)

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Method of handling soft buffer for carrier aggregation and related communication device

Verfahren zur Handhabung eines Weichpufferspeichers zur Speicheraggregation und zugehörige Kommunikationsvorrichtung

Procédé de gestion de tampon souple pour l'agrégation de support et dispositif de communication associé


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 29.04.2011 US 201161480843 P
20.02.2012 US 201213400135

(43)Date of publication of application:
31.10.2012 Bulletin 2012/44

(73)Proprietor: Acer Incorporated
New Taipei City 221 (TW)

(72)Inventors:
  • Hsieh, Chia-Wen
    New Taipei City 221 (TW)
  • Lee, Chien-Min
    New Taipei City 221 (TW)

(74)Representative: Straus, Alexander et al
2K Patent- und Rechtsanwälte Dr. Alexander Straus Keltenring 9
82041 München / Oberhaching
82041 München / Oberhaching (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
  
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Description

Field of the Invention



[0001] The present invention relates to a method of handling a soft buffer for carrier aggregation in a wireless communication system and related communication device.

Background of the Invention



[0002] A long-term evolution (LTE) system supporting the 3GPP Rel-8 standard and/or the 3GPP Rel-9 standard are developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) as a successor of a universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS), for further enhancing performance of the UMTS to satisfy increasing needs of users. The LTE system includes a new radio interface and a radio network architecture that provides a high data rate, low latency, packet optimization, and improved system capacity and coverage. In the LTE system, a radio access network known as an evolved UTRAN (E-UTRAN) includes multiple evolved Node-Bs (eNBs) for communicating with multiple user equipments (UEs), and communicates with a core network including a mobility management entity (MME), a serving gateway, etc., for Non Access Stratum (NAS) control.

[0003] A LTE-advanced (LTE-A) system, as its name implies, is an evolution of the LTE system. The LTE-A system targets faster switching between power states, improves performance at coverage edge of an eNB. Besides, the LTE-A system includes advanced techniques, such as carrier aggregation (CA), coordinated multipoint transmission/reception (CoMP), uplink (UL) multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO), etc. For a UE and an eNB to communicate with each other in the LTE-A system, the UE and the eNB must support standards developed for the LTE-A system, such as the 3GPP Rel-10 standard or later versions.

[0004] The CA is introduced to the LTE-A system by which more than one component carriers (CCs) are aggregated to achieve a wider-band transmission. Accordingly, the LTE-A system can support a wider bandwidth up to 100MHz by aggregating a maximum number of 5 CCs, where a maximum bandwidth of each CC is 20MHz and is backward compatible with the 3GPP Rel-8 standard. The LTE-A system supports the CA for both contiguous and non-contiguous CCs, wherein each CC limited to a maximum of 110 resource blocks. The CA increases bandwidth flexibility by aggregating the CCs.

[0005] When a UE is configured with the CA, the UE has the ability to receive and/or transmit packets on one or multiple CCs to increase throughput. In the LTE-A system, it is possible that an eNB configures the UE different numbers of UL and downlink (DL) CCs. Moreover, the CCs configured to the UE necessarily consists of one DL primary CC (PCC) and one UL PCC. The most important feature of the DL PCC and the UL PCC is exchanging control information between the UE and the eNB. CCs other than the PCCs are named UL or DL secondary CCs (SCCs). Numbers of the UL and DL SCCs are arbitrary, and are related to UL and DL aggregation capabilities of the UE and available radio resources.

[0006] A hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) process is used in the LTE system to provide both efficient and reliable communications. Different from an automatic repeat request (ARQ) process, a forward error correcting code (FEC) is used for the HARQ process. For example, a receiver feeds back an acknowledgment (ACK) to inform a transmitter that a packet has been received correctly if the receiver decodes the packet correctly. Oppositely, the receiver feeds back a negative acknowledgment (NACK) to the transmitter if the receiver cannot decode the packet correctly. In this situation, the UE stores part or the whole of the packet in a soft buffer of the UE. After the UE receives a retransmitted packet from the transmitter, soft values of the retransmitted packet and the stored packet are combined. The receiver decodes the packet by using the combined soft values. Furthermore, the combination of the previously erroneously received packet(s) and the currently received packet increases a probability of successful decoding. The UE continues the HARQ process until the packet is decoded correctly, or until a maximum number of retransmissions have been sent, at which time the HARQ process declares a failure and leaves it up to the ARQ process in radio link control (RLC) for trying again. In other words, space of the soft buffer should be reserved for the HARQ process such that the UE can store the HARQ process which has not been decoded correctly. Otherwise, the UE blocks the HARQ process if the soft buffer is fully occupied. When multiple packets are transmitted to the UE, the UE may need to store multiple HARQ processes due to unsuccessful decoding of the packets.

[0007] In detail, the UE can store up to 8 HARQ processes in the soft buffer in the LTE system (i.e., single CC system). A transport block (TB) is a physical interface between an eNB and a UE, and corresponds to the data carried in a LTE radio subframe. Further, each LTE radio subframe is 1 millisecond (ms), and each LTE radio frame is 10 ms, which consists of 10 LTE radio subframes. When using the MIMO (e.g. spatial multiplexing), more than one transport blocks can be transmitted per transmission time interval (TTI) for the UE.

[0008] A soft buffer partition rule in the LTE system (i.e., single CC system) is introduced as follows. The total number of soft channel bits, Nsoft, depends on UE category of the UE, as shown in a table 10 of Fig. 1, wherein various values of Nsoft are listed according to an example of the prior art. Nsoft can be divided into multiple partitions according to the following equation:

wherein NIR is a size of a partition which is used for storing a transport block. Nsoft is the total number of soft channel bits of the UE. KMIMO is a number of transport blocks that may be transmitted to the UE in a TTI, and is related to the MIMO used by the UE and the network. In general, if the spatial multiplexing with n spatial streams is configured to the UE, KMIMO is set to n. Mlimit is a positive value which equals to 8. MDL_HARQ is a maximum number of DL HARQ processes per serving cell, and corresponds to a duplex mode and its configuration. For example, MDL_HARQ is set to 8 for frequency-division duplexing (FDD). Values 4, 7, 10, 9, 12, 15 and 6 are used for time-division duplexing (TDD) UL/DL configuration 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, respectively, as shown in a table 20 of Fig. 2, wherein various values of MDL_HARQ are listed according to an example of the prior art. min(x,y) returns the smaller one of x and y.

[0009] As shown in the equation Eq.1, up to min(MDL_HARQ,Mlimit) HARQ processes can be stored in the soft buffer. If the spatial multiplexing with KMIMO spatial streams is configured to the UE, each HARQ process consists of KMIMO transport blocks. Therefore, the entire soft buffer is divided into KMIMO min(MDL_HARQ,Mlimit) partitions. Each partition consists of NIR soft channel bits which can be used for storing one transport block.

[0010] Please refer to Fig. 3, which is a schematic diagram of a soft buffer SBp according to the prior art. In this example, the spatial multiplexing is not configured to the UE (i.e., KMIMO=1), the soft buffer SBp is divided into 8 partitions P301-P308 for storing 8 HARQ processes while MDL_HARQ is equal to or larger than 8. Nsoft is a size (e.g. number of bits) of the soft buffer SBp, and depends on UE category of the UE. NIR is a number of bits of a partition of the soft buffer SBp. Therefore, a transport block with a maximum size NIR can be stored in a corresponding partition, and at most 8 HARQ processes can be stored in the soft buffer SBp.

[0011] However, the UE may need to store more than 8 HARQ processes in the soft buffer in the LTE-A system when multiple CCs are configured to the UE. For example, when the UE is configured with 5 DL CCs and operates in FDD duplex mode, the UE may need to store up to 40 HARQ processes due to unsuccessful decoding of the packets. There are two possible solutions in the LTE-A system with multiple CCs, which are introduced as follows. In the first solution, the soft buffer partition rule is the same as that for the LTE system (i.e., the single CC system). In other words, up to 8 HARQ processes can be stored in the soft buffer. All the erroneous HARQ processes can share the soft buffer statistically. Thus, a blocking probability of a HARQ process increases, and the system throughput is diminished. In the second solution, the soft buffer can be simply divided into 40 partitions for storing up to 40 HARQ processes, a size of each partition of the soft buffer is reduced. For each erroneous HARQ process, the number of soft channel bits that UE can store is reduced according to the size reduction of a corresponding partition. As a result, the coding performance is reduced and more retransmissions are required, and the system throughput is diminished. Obviously, neither the first nor the second solution can achieve optimal system throughput. Therefore, when the CA is configured to the UE, how to handle a soft buffer of a UE for storing HARQ processes is a topic to be discussed and addressed.

[0012] Currently, the soft buffer partitioning for CA is discussed in recent RAN1 meetings. Thus, the 3GPP documents R1-110898, R1-110860, R1-110033 and R1-110942 disclose methods of partitioning the soft buffer when the UE is configured with the CA, wherein equations for partitioning the soft buffer are proposed. However, none of the documents disclose when the soft buffer should be partitioned. Thus, a proper timing or condition for partitioning the soft buffer is still unknown.

Summary of the Invention



[0013] This in mind, the application aims at providing a method and a communication device of a wireless communication system for handling a soft buffer for carrier aggregation to solve the abovementioned problem.

[0014] This is achieved by a method and a communication device handling a soft buffer for carrier aggregation according to claims 1, 2 and 13. The dependent claims pertain to corresponding further developments and improvements.

[0015] As will be seen more clearly from the detailed description following below, the claimed method of handling a soft buffer of a mobile device in a wireless communication system is disclosed. The mobile device is configured a plurality of component carriers, called CCs hereinafter, by a network of the wireless communication system. The plurality of CCs comprise a primary CC, called PCC hereinafter, and at least one secondary CC, called SCC hereinafter. The claimed method comprises determining a plurality of weightings corresponding to the plurality of CCs according to an indication; determining a plurality of sizes of a plurality of sub-blocks according to the plurality of weightings; and dividing the soft buffer into the plurality of sub-blocks according to the plurality of sizes of the plurality of sub-blocks, to arrange a plurality of hybrid automatic repeat request, called HARQ hereinafter, processes of the plurality of CCs in the plurality of sub-blocks.

Brief Description of the Drawings



[0016] 

Fig. 1 is a table of numbers of soft channel bits Nsoft according to an example of the prior art.

Fig. 2 is a table of maximum numbers of DL HARQ processes MDL_HARQ according to an example of the prior art.

Fig. 3 is a schematic diagram of a soft buffer according to an example of the prior art.

Fig. 4 is a schematic diagram of a wireless communication system according to an example the present invention.

Fig. 5 is a schematic diagram of a communication device according to an example to the present invention.

Fig. 6 is a schematic diagram of communication protocol layers for a wireless communication system.

Fig. 7 is a flowchart of a process according to an example of the present invention.

Fig. 8 is a schematic diagram of a soft buffer according to an example of the present invention.

Fig. 9 is a table of weightings wPCC according to an example of the present invention.

Fig. 10 is a flowchart of a process according to an example of the present invention.

Fig. 11 is a schematic diagram of a soft buffer according to an example of the present invention.

Figs. 12-14 are tables of weightings Moverbooking according to an example of the present invention.

Fig. 15 is a schematic diagram of a soft buffer according to an example of the present invention.

Fig. 16 is a schematic diagram of a soft buffer according to an example of the present invention.


Detailed Description



[0017] Please refer to Fig. 4, which is a schematic diagram of a wireless communication system 40 according to an example of the present invention. The wireless communication system 40, such as a long term evolution-advanced (LTE-A) system or other mobile communication systems supporting carrier aggregation (CA) (e.g. multiple component carriers (CCs)), is briefly composed of a network and a plurality of user equipments (UEs). In Fig. 4, the network and the UEs are simply utilized for illustrating the structure of the wireless communication system 40. Practically, the network can be referred to as an evolved universal terrestrial radio access network (E-UTRAN) comprising a plurality of evolved Node-Bs (eNBs) and relays in the LTE-A system. The UEs can be mobile devices such as mobile phones, laptops, tablet computers, electronic books, and portable computer systems. Besides, the network and a UE can be seen as a transmitter or a receiver according to transmission direction, e.g., for an uplink (UL), the UE is the transmitter and the network is the receiver, and for a downlink (DL), the network is the transmitter and the UE is the receiver.

[0018] Please refer to Fig. 5, which is a schematic diagram of a communication device 50 according to an example of the present invention. The communication device 50 can be a UE or the network shown in Fig. 4, but is not limited herein. The communication device 50 may include a processor 500 such as a microprocessor or an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), a storage unit 510 and a communication interfacing unit 520. The storage unit 510 may be any data storage device that can store a program code 514, accessed by the processor 500. Examples of the storage unit 510 include but are not limited to a subscriber identity module (SIM), read-only memory (ROM), flash memory, random-access memory (RAM), CD-ROM/DVD-ROM, magnetic tape, hard disk and optical data storage device. The communication interfacing unit 520 is preferably a radio transceiver and can exchange wireless signals with the network according to processing results of the processor 500.

[0019] Please refer to Fig. 6, which illustrates a schematic diagram of communication protocol layers for the wireless communication system 40. Behaviors of some of the communication protocol layers may be defined in the program code 514 and executed by the processor 500. The communication protocol layers from top to bottom are a radio resource control (RRC) layer 600, a packet data convergence protocol (PDCP) layer 602, a radio link control (RLC) layer 604, a media access control (MAC) layer 606 and a physical (PHY) layer 608. The RRC layer 600 is used for performing broadcast, paging, RRC connection management, measurement reporting and control and radio bearer control generating or releasing radio bearers. The PDCP layer 602 is used for ciphering and integrity protection of transmissions, and maintaining delivery order during a handover. The RLC layer 604 is used for segmentation/concatenation of packets and maintaining delivery sequence when a packet is lost. The MAC layer 606 is responsible for a hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) process, multiplexing logical channels, a random access procedure and maintaining a UL timing alignment. In each HARQ process, an acknowledgement (ACK) is reported if the MAC data/control packet is received and decoded successfully. Otherwise, a negative acknowledgement (NACK) is reported. The PHY layer 608 is used to provide physical channels to the UEs and the network (e.g. eNB and/or relay). Fig. 6 simply illustrates the behaviors of the communication protocol layers conceptually, and detail of the behaviors may be different for the LTE-A system and other communication systems.

[0020] Please refer to Fig. 7, which is a flowchart of a process 70 according to an example of the present invention. The process 70 is utilized in a UE and the network shown in Fig. 4, for handling a soft buffer of the UE. The UE is configured a plurality of CCs by the network, and the plurality of CCs includes a primary CC (PCC) and at least one secondary CC (SCC). The process 70 may be compiled into the program code 514 and includes the following steps:

Step 700: Start.

Step 702: Determine a plurality of weightings corresponding to the plurality of CCs for the soft buffer according to an indication.

Step 704: Determine a plurality of sizes of a plurality of sub-blocks according to the plurality of weightings.

Step 706: Divide the soft buffer into the plurality of sub-blocks according to the plurality of sizes of the plurality of sub-blocks, to arrange a plurality of HARQ processes of the plurality of CCs in the plurality of sub-blocks.

Step 708: End.



[0021] According to the process 70, the UE determines the plurality of weightings corresponding to the plurality of CCs for the soft buffer according to the indication. Then, the UE determines the plurality of sizes of the plurality of sub-blocks according to the plurality of weightings. Thus, the UE can divide the soft buffer into the plurality of sub-blocks according to the plurality of sizes of the plurality of sub-blocks, to arrange the plurality of HARQ processes of the plurality of CCs in the plurality of sub-blocks. In other words, the UE arranges (e.g. stores) the plurality of HARQ processes of the PCC and the at least one SCC in sub-blocks with various sizes (and thus in partitions with various sizes). For example, the HARQ processes of the PCC can be arranged in sub-blocks with larger sizes (e.g. by using a large weighting) since packets transmitted on the PCC are more important (e.g. including control information) and a number of the packets (i.e., traffic load) is large. The HARQ processes of the at least one SCC can be arranged in sub-blocks with smaller sizes (e.g. by using at least one small weighting) since packets transmitted on the SCC are less important and a number of the packets is small. That is, the soft buffer is utilized efficiently and flexibly. As a result, blocking probabilities of the HARQ processes of both the PCC and the at least one SCC are reduced, and data transmitted on the PCC can be recovered and executed rapidly. Therefore, system throughput is increased, and the UE can operate regularly without an interruption or a delay.

[0022] Please note that, a goal of the process 70 is that the UE arranges the HARQ processes of the PCC and the at least one SCC in sub-blocks with various sizes (and thus in partitions with various sizes) in the soft buffer such that the soft buffer is utilized efficiently and flexibly. Factors according to which the UE determines the plurality of weightings are not limited. Methods based on which the UE divides the soft buffer and arranges the HARQ processes are also not limited.

[0023] In general, a soft buffer partition rule for the wireless communication system 40 configured with CA is introduced as follows. First, the total number of soft channel bits (i.e., a size of the soft buffer) of a UE, Nsoft, is divided into NC sub-blocks for NC configured CCs according to an arbitrary partition rule (e.g. Nsoft is equally divided for all the configured CCs). A tentative size of a sub-block in terms of soft channel bits for the nc-th CC is defined as N'soft(nc), wherein 1≦nc≦NC and

Then, the UE determines a plurality of weightings corresponding to the plurality of CCs according to an indication, and divides the soft buffer into a plurality of sub-blocks according to the plurality of weightings, as follows

wherein

w(nc) is the weighting for the nc-th CC according to the indication, and is a positive value larger than zero. Note that the weighting of the PCC can be set equal to or greater than the weightings of SCCs. Nsoft(nc) is the size of the sub-block in terms of soft channel bits for the nc-th CC, and is determined according to the weighting w(nc) and the tentative size N'soft(nc). After the UE determines the size of the soft buffer for each configured CC, a size of a partition for a transport block of each configured CC can be determined as follows:

wherein NIR(nc) is the size of the partition for the transport block of the nc-th CC. Nsoft(nc) is the size of sub-block in terms of soft channel bits for the nc-th CC. KMIMO is the number of transport blocks that may be transmitted to the UE in one TTI per CC, and is related to the MIMO used by the UE and the network. Mlimit is a positive value. MDL_HARQ(nc) is a maximum number of DL HARQ processes of the nc-th CC, and corresponds to a duplex mode and its configuration.

[0024] For example, please refer to Fig. 8, which is a schematic diagram of a soft buffer SB according an example of the present invention. The UE is configured 2 CCs by the network and operates in a FDD mode, wherein one of the two CCs is a PCC and the other one is a SCC. Since only one transport block may be transmitted to the UE in one TTI (i.e., the spatial multiplexing is not enabled), the UE divides the soft buffer SB into two sub-blocks SB_1 and SB_2 for the configured CCs, respectively, according to the present invention, such that at most 8 HARQ processes can be stored in each sub-block. Thus, the UE can arrange HARQ processes of the two CCs in the sub-blocks SB_1 and SB_2, wherein each HARQ process is arranged to a corresponding partition. In detail, a size (e.g. number of soft channel bits) of the soft buffer SB is Nsoft. Sizes of the sub-blocks SB_1 and SB_2 which are Nsoft(1) and Nsoft(2), respectively, are the same, i.e., N'soft(1)=N'soft(2)=Nsoft/2. The sub-blocks SB_1 and SB_2 are used for the HARQ processes of the PCC and the SCC, respectively. Then, the sizes of the sub-blocks SB_1 and SB_2 are modified by using weightings w(1)=wPCC and w(2)=(2-wPCC), respectively, as follows: Nsoft(1)=N'soft(1)·w(1) and Nsoft(2)=N'soft(2)• w(2), wherein 1≦wPCC≦2, such that Nsoft(1) is equal or larger than Nsoft(2).

[0025] Further, as shown in Fig. 8, the sub-block SB_1 is divided into 8 partitions P801-P808, and the sub-block SB_2 is divided into 8 partitions P809-P816. The UE can determine partition sizes NIR(1) and NIR(2) for the transport blocks of the configured CCs, respectively, according to the equation Eq.3. That is, a size of each of the partitions P801-P808 is NIR(1), and a size of each of the partitions P809-P816 is NIR(2). Therefore, the HARQ processes of the PCC which are more important can be arranged in the 8 partitions with a large size NIR(1). At the same time, the HARQ processes of the SCC which are less important can also be arranged in the 8 partitions with a small size NIR(2). Please note that, the above example illustrates a case wherein the soft buffer is first equally divided into sub-blocks with the same size (i.e., N'soft(n1)= N'soft(n2), wherein n1≠n2 are indices of CCs) before applying weightings to the sub-blocks. However, the soft buffer can also be first divided into sub-blocks with various sizes, i.e., N'soft(nc) for the nc-th CC is arbitrary. Then, a weighting w(nc) is applied to the sub-block corresponding to the nc-th CC to obtain a size Nsoft(nc) by using Nsoft(nc)=N'soft(nc)•w(nc). As a result, blocking probabilities of the HARQ processes of both the PCC and the SCC are not increased. Control information and data transmitted on the PCC are recovered rapidly, since the HARQ processes with the large size (i.e., better coding performance) can be stored in the soft buffer. System throughput is increased efficiently by using the CA without being affected by inefficient use of the soft buffer.

[0026] Please note that, factors according to which a weighting for a PCC is determined are not limited. For example, please refer to Fig. 9, which is a table 90 of weightings wPCC according to an example of the present invention. The table 90 is preferably stored in the UE. In the table 90, a weighting wPCC is determined according to a parameter RatioPCC and a number of CCs NC, wherein └x┘ is the largest integer not greater than x. In other words, the weighting wPCC is indicated by the parameter RatioPCC and the number of CCs NC. In detail, an indication is generated by the UE according to the parameter RatioPCC and the number of CCs NC. Alternatively, the indication is generated by the network according to the parameter RatioPCC and the number of CCs NC, and the indication is then transmitted by the network to the UE. Further, the indication can also be generated by both the UE and the network according to the parameter RatioPCC and the number of CCs NC (i.e., the same rule). The parameter RatioPCC is represented as follows:

wherein BW(PCC) and BW(nc) are bandwidths of the PCC and the nc-th CC, respectively, and rij, 1≦i≦5, 1≦j≦4, are positive values. After the weighting wPCC for the PCC is determined, a weighting for the n-th SCC w(nc) can be determined as follows w(nc)=(NC-wPCC)/(NC-1), wherein nc ∈ indices of the SCCs. Therefore, sizes of the partitions for each CC can be modified or adjusted accordingly.

[0027] Please note that, an indication (and thus weightings) can be generated according to various factors, such as design considerations or system requirements. For example, the indication (and thus the weightings) can be determined according to a combination of priorities of CCs configured to the UE, UE category of the UE, a number of NACKs transmitted by the UE, an average number of HARQ processes of the UE, traffic load of the UE, a number of the CCs configured to the UE, bandwidths of the CCs configured to the UE and a maximum number of layers supported by the UE, and is not limited herein. That is, the indication (and thus the weighting Moverbooking) is generated (e.g. by the UE or the network) according to the combination of the abovementioned parameters and variables. Besides, the indication (and thus the weightings) mentioned above can be generated by the UE itself. Alternatively, the indication is generated by a network, and is transmitted by the network to the UE via a signaling (e.g. radio resource control (RRC) signaling). Furthermore, the indication can be generated by both the UE and the network according to the same rule, to reduce overhead of the signaling. Additionally, a time at which a soft buffer is divided into multiple partitions for multiple CCs is not limited. For example, the soft buffer can be divided after a PCC of the CCs is reconfigured, i.e., an indication capable of determining the weightings is generated after the PCC is reconfigured. Alternatively, the soft buffer can be divided after a number of the CCs is changed, i.e., an indication capable of determining the weightings is generated after the number of the CCs is changed. Further, the CCs mentioned in the above examples are preferably referred to as DL CCs, since HARQ processes stored in the UE are corresponding to packets transmitted on DL.

[0028] Besides, the process 70 and examples mentioned above can be realized in the network. For example, the network can determine weightings according to an indication, and transmit the weightings to a UE such that the UE can determine sizes of sub-blocks according to the weightings. Alternatively, the network may further determine the sizes of the sub-blocks according to the weightings, and transmits the sizes to the UE such that the UE can divide the soft buffer into the sub-blocks according to the sizes of the sub-blocks. Furthermore, the network may not need to transmit the weightings nor the sizes of the sub-blocks to the UE since the same indication is also generated by the UE according to the same rule. Thus, the UE can determine the weightings, and determine the sizes of the sub-blocks according to the weightings, for dividing the soft buffer into the sub-blocks according to the sizes of the sub-blocks.

[0029] Please refer to Fig. 10, which is a flowchart of a process 100 according to an example of the present invention. The process 100 is utilized in a UE and the network shown in Fig. 4, for handling a soft buffer of the UE. The UE is configured a plurality of CCs by the network, and the plurality of CCs includes a primary CC (PCC) and at least one secondary CC (SCC). The process 100 may be compiled into the program code 514 and includes the following steps:

Step 1000: Start.

Step 1002: Divide at least one sub-block of the soft buffer into a plurality of partitions, wherein a number of the plurality of partitions is determined according to an indication.

Step 1004: Arrange a plurality of HARQ processes of the plurality of CCs in the plurality of partitions.

Step 1006: End.



[0030] According to the process 100, the UE divides the at least one sub-block of the soft buffer into the plurality of partitions, wherein the number of the plurality of partitions is determined according to the indication. Then, the UE arranges the plurality of HARQ processes of the plurality of CCs in the plurality of partitions. In other words, the UE divides one or more sub-blocks of the soft buffer into various numbers of partitions, to arrange (e.g. stores) the plurality of HARQ processes of the plurality of CCs in the partitions. For example, the UE can divide the soft buffer into more partitions for arranging more HARQ processes with a small size in the partitions, to reduce blocking probabilities of the HARQ processes. Alternatively, the UE can divide the soft buffer into less partitions for arranging less HARQ processes with a large size in the partitions, to improve coding performance of the HARQ processes. That is, the soft buffer is utilized efficiently and flexibly. As a result, a better tradeoff between the blocking probabilities and the coding performance can be achieved. Therefore, system throughput is increased, and the UE can operate regularly without an interruption or a delay.

[0031] Please note that, a goal of the process 100 is that the UE divides one or more sub-blocks of the soft buffer into various numbers of partitions, to arrange (e.g. stores) the plurality of HARQ processes of the plurality of CCs in the partitions such that the soft buffer is utilized efficiently and flexibly. Factors according to which the UE determines a number of partitions are not limited. Methods based on which the UE divides the soft buffer and arranges the HARQ processes are also not limited.

[0032] For example, a soft buffer of a UE can be directly divided into more partitions such that more HARQ processes can be stored in the soft buffer. In other words, the soft buffer is not divided into multiple sub-blocks, i.e., the soft buffer is divided into only one sub-block. Please refer to Fig. 11, which is a schematic diagram of a soft buffer SBa according an example of the present invention. The soft buffer SBa can be divided into various numbers of partitions as shown in Fig 11. The number of CCs configured to the UE is not limited. In detail, the soft buffer SBa with a size Nsoft is divided into multiple partitions wherein a size of each partition is NIR, according to the following equations:

wherein KMIMO is the number of transport blocks that may be transmitted to the UE in one TTI per CC, and is related to the MIMO used by the UE and the network. In general, if spatial multiplexing with n spatial streams is configured to the UE, KMIMO is set to n. Moverbooking is a weighting comprised in the indication for controlling a number of the partitions, and is a positive value. Mlimit is a positive value, e.g. Mlimit=8. M'DL_HARQ is the maximum number of DL HARQ processes per serving cell if the configured CCs are configured the same duplex mode and configurations. On the other hand, if the UE operates in a TDD mode, M'DL_HARQ is the maximum number of DL HARQ processes of the PCC if at least one configured SCC are configured with different UL/DL configurations. Thus, when the UE operates in a FDD mode and does not support spatial multiplexing, the soft buffer SBa is divided into 8·Moverbooking partitions, wherein sizes of the partitions are the same when using a fixed Moverbooking. That is, when the weighting Moverbooking is set to 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, the soft buffer SBa is divided into 8, 16, 24, 32 and 40 partitions, respectively, if the spatial multiplexing is not supported by the UE. In this case, the size of each partition is set to

As shown in Fig. 11, the DL HARQ processes of all the CCs share all the partitions in the soft buffer SBa for a fixed Moverbooking. That is, sizes of partitions used for a PCC and a SCC are the same (i.e., NIR). A tradeoff between blocking probabilities and coding performance of the DL HARQ processes can be made when determining the weighting Moverbooking. That is, more partitions result lower blocking probabilities at cost of worse coding performance, and less partitions result better coding performance at cost of higher blocking probabilities.

[0033] Please note that, an indication (and thus the weighting Moverbooking) can be generated according to various factors, such as design considerations or system requirements. For example, the weighting Moverbooking can be determined according to a combination of priorities of CCs configured to the UE, UE category of the UE, a number of NACKs transmitted by the UE, an average number of HARQ processes of the UE, traffic load of the UE, a number of the CCs configured to the UE, bandwidths of the CCs configured to the UE and a maximum number of layers supported by the UE, and is not limited herein. That is, the indication (and thus the weighting Moverbooking) is generated (e.g. by the UE or the network) according to the combination of the abovementioned parameters and variables. Please refer to Fig. 12, which is a table 120 of the weightings Moverbooking relating to the number of the CCs according to an example of the present invention, and fi, 1≦i≦5, are positive values. As shown in the table 120, the weighting Moverbooking is determined according to the number of the CCs. For example, if 4 CCs are configured to the UE, the weighting Moverbooking is set to f4. On the other hand, the weighting Moverbooking can also be determined according to both the UE category of the UE and the number of the CCs. Please refer to Fig. 13, which is a table 122 of the weightings Moverbooking relating to the UE category and the number of the CCs according to an example of the present invention, and fi,j, 1≦i≦8, 1≦j≦5, are positive values. For example, if the UE category is 5 and 3 CCs are configured to the UE, the weighting Moverbooking is set to f5,3. Furthermore, the weighting Moverbooking can be determined according to both the UE category of the UE and the maximum number of layers supported by the UE. Please refer to Fig. 14, which is a table 124 of the weightings Moverbooking relating to the UE category and the maximum number of layers supported by the UE according to an example of the present invention, and fi,j, 1≦i≦8, 1≦j≦8, are positive values. For example, if the UE category is 7 and the maximum number of layers supported by the UE is 4, the weighting Moverbooking is set to f7,4.

[0034] In the abovementioned examples, the present invention is applied to all CCs configured to a UE. However, the present invention can also be applied to a subset of the CCs configured to the UE. Please refer to Fig. 15, which is a schematic diagram of a soft buffer SBb according an example of the present invention. In the present example, 5 CCs including a PCC C1 and SCCs C2-C5 are configured to a UE. In detail, a weighting Moverbooking corresponding to the PCC C1 is set to 1, and weightings Moverbooking corresponding to the SCCs C2-C5 are set to 3. That is, 8 partitions P1301-P1308 which are unchanged are seen by the PCC C1 as shown by a soft buffer SBb_1 in Fig. 15, wherein a size of each partition is NIR(1). Besides, 24 partitions P1301a-P1324a are seen by the SCCs C2-C5 as shown by a soft buffer SBb_2 in Fig. 15, wherein a size of each partition is NIR(2), i.e., NIR(1)= 3NIR(2). Then, HARQ processes of the PCC C1 and the SCCs C2-C5 can be arranged in the soft buffer SBb according to the corresponding partitions shown by the soft buffers SBb_1 and SBb_2. An example of arranging the HARQ processes of the CCs is illustrated as follows. At time t1, the UE needs to arrange (e.g. store) a HARQ process of the PCC C1. Since the soft buffer SBb is empty, the UE arranges the HARQ process of the PCC C1 in the partition P1301 (i.e., the partitions P1301a-P1303a). At time t2, the UE needs to arrange a HARQ process of the SCC C5, and the UE continues to arrange the HARQ process of the SCC C5 in the partition P1304a. At time t3, the UE needs to arrange another HARQ process of the PCC C1 again. Since the size of the partition seen by the PCC C1 is NIR(1) as shown by the soft buffer SBb_1, the UE arrange the another HARQ process of the PCC C1 in the partition P1303 (i.e., the partitions P1307a-P1309a). Further, the UE needs to arrange HARQ processes of the SCC C3 and the SCC C4 at times t4 and t5, respectively. The UE arranges the HARQ processes of the SCC C3 and the SCC C4 in the partitions P1305a and P1306a, respectively. Therefore, except low blocking probability and better coding performance, the present invention further utilizes the soft buffer flexibly by dividing the soft buffer into smaller partitions for only part of CCs configured to the UE.

[0035] On the other hand, the present invention can also be applied to part of a soft buffer of a UE. That is, only the part of the soft buffer is divided into partitions with various sizes and amounts according to weightings, and the other part of the soft buffer is divided into 8 partitions according to the prior art. For example, please refer to Fig. 16, which is a schematic diagram of a soft buffer SBc according to an example of the present invention. The soft buffer SBc is used for HARQ processes of CCs C1-C5, and is first divided into two sub-blocks SBc_1 and SBc_2. The sub-block SBc_1 is used for the CCs C1 and C2, and the sub-block SBc_2 is used for the CCs C3-C5. Sizes of the sub-blocks SBc_1 and SBc_2 which are Nsoft,sb(1) and Nsoft,sb(2), respectively, can be determined according to different design considerations or system requirements (e.g. the indication), and is not limited. Then, the sub-block SBc_1 is further divided into various number of partitions. In other words, methods based on which the sub-block SBc_1 is further divided are not limited. Realizations and methods which have been illustrated above can be directly applied. For example, the method illustrated by Fig. 8 can be applied to the sub-block SBc_1 as shown in Fig. 16 by replacing Nsoft in Fig. 8 with Nsoft,sb(1) in Fig. 16. Similarly, the sub-block SBc_1 is further divided into two sub-blocks SBc_11 and SBc_12 with sizes of Nsoft(1) and Nsoft(2), respectively. The sub-blocks SBc_11 and SBc_12 are divided into partitions P1401-P14016, wherein a size of each of the partitions P1401-1408 is NIR(1), and a size of each of the partitions P1409-1416 is NIR(2). The sub-block SBc_2 is divided into 8 partitions according to the prior art, and is not narrated herein for simplicity. In short, those skilled in the art should readily make combinations, modifications or alterations on the process 70, the process 100 and examples mentioned above. Therefore, except low blocking probability and better coding performance, the present invention further utilizes the soft buffer flexibly by dividing only part of the soft buffer into smaller partitions.

[0036] Besides, the indication (and hence the weighting) mentioned above can be generated by the UE itself. Alternatively, the indication is generated by a network, and is transmitted by the network to the UE via a signaling (e.g. radio resource control (RRC) signaling). Furthermore, the indication can be generated by both the UE and the network according to the same rule, to reduce overhead of the signaling. On the other hand, a time at which a soft buffer is divided into multiple partitions for multiple CCs is not limited. For example, the soft buffer can be divided after a PCC of the CCs is reconfigured, i.e., an indication capable of determining the weightings is generated after the PCC is reconfigured. Alternatively, the soft buffer can be divided after a number of the CCs is changed, i.e., an indication capable of determining the weightings is generated after the number of the CCs is changed. Further, the CCs mentioned in the above examples are preferably referred to as DL CCs, since HARQ processes stored in the UE are corresponding to packets transmitted on DL.

[0037] Besides, the process 100 and examples mentioned above can also be realized in the network. For example, the network can determine a number of partitions according to an indication, and transmit information (e.g. the number) of the partitions to a UE such that the UE can divide the soft buffer into the partitions according to the information. Besides, the network may not need to transmit the information to the UE since the same indication is also generated by the UE according to the same rule. Thus, the UE can determine the number and divide the soft buffer into the sub-blocks according to the number.

[0038] Please note that, the abovementioned steps of the processes including suggested steps can be realized by means that could be a hardware, a firmware known as a combination of a hardware device and computer instructions and data that reside as read-only software on the hardware device, or an electronic system. Examples of hardware can include analog, digital and mixed circuits known as microcircuit, microchip, or silicon chip. Examples of the electronic system can include a system on chip (SOC), system in package (SiP), a computer on module (COM), and the communication device 30.

[0039] To sum up, the present invention provides methods for handling a soft buffer of a UE configured with multiple CCs in a wireless communication system. Blocking probabilities of HARQ processes of the CCs are reduced. Further, data transmitted on a PCC can be recovered and executed rapidly. Therefore, system throughput is increased, and the UE can operate regularly without an interruption or a delay.


Claims

1. A method of handling a soft buffer of a mobile device in a wireless communication system, utilized in the mobile device, the mobile device being configured a plurality of component carriers, called CCs hereinafter, by a network of the wireless communication system, characterized by the method comprising:

dividing at least one sub-block of the soft buffer into a plurality of partitions, wherein a number of the plurality of partitions is determined according to an indication; and

arranging a plurality of hybrid automatic repeat request, called HARQ hereinafter, processes of the plurality of CCs in the plurality of partitions;

wherein one of the at least one sub-block is divided according to the following equation:

wherein Nsoft is a size of the one of the at least one sub-block; NIR is a size of each of the plurality of partitions; KMIMO is a number of transport blocks that may be transmitted to the mobile device in a transmission time interval (TTI) per CC and is related to a multiple-input multiple-output, called MIMO hereinafter, used by the mobile device and the network; Moverbooking is a weighting comprised in the indication for controlling the number of the plurality of partitions, is related to a user equipment, called UE hereinafter, category of the mobile device, and is a positive value; Mlimit is a positive value; MDL_HARQ is the maximum number of HARQ processes of a plurality of downlink CCs; min(x,y) returns the smaller one of x and y; and └x┘ returns the largest integer not greater than x.


 
2. A method of handling a soft buffer of a mobile device in a wireless communication system, utilized in a network of the wireless communication system, the mobile device being configured a plurality of CCs by the network, characterized by the method comprising:

determining a number of a plurality of partitions according to an indication; and

dividing at least one sub-block of the soft buffer into the plurality of partitions virtually according to the number of the plurality of partitions;

wherein one of the at least one sub-block is divided according to the following equation:

wherein Nsoft is a size of the one of the at least one sub-block; NIR is a size of each of the plurality of partitions; KMIMO is related to a multiple-input multiple-output, called MIMO hereinafter, used by the mobile device and the network; Moverbooking is a weighting comprised in the indication for controlling the number of the plurality of partitions, is related to a user equipment, called UE hereinafter, category of the mobile device, and is a positive value; Mlimit is a positive value; MDL_HARQ is the maximum number of HARQ processes of a plurality of downlink CCs; min(x,y) returns the smaller one of x and y; and └x┘ returns the largest integer not greater than x.


 
3. The method of claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the indication is generated according to a combination of a plurality of priorities of the plurality of CCs, user equipment, called UE hereinafter, category of the mobile device, a number of negative acknowledgments, called NACKs hereinafter, of the mobile device, an average number of HARQ processes of the mobile device, traffic load of the mobile device, a number of the plurality of CCs, bandwidths of the plurality of CCs and a maximum number of layers supported by the mobile device.
 
4. The method of claim 1 or 2, characterized in that dividing the at least one sub-block of the soft buffer into the plurality of partitions, wherein the number of the plurality of partitions is determined according to the indication comprises:

dividing the at least one sub-block of the soft buffer into the plurality of partitions, wherein the number of the plurality of partitions is determined according to the indication, after a primary CC, called PCC hereinafter, of the plurality of CCs is reconfigured; or

dividing the at least one sub-block of the soft buffer into the plurality of partitions, wherein the number of the plurality of partitions is determined according to the indication, after a number of the plurality of CCs is changed.


 
5. The method of claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the plurality of CCs are total CCs configured to the mobile device; the plurality of CCs are part of the CCs configured to the mobile device; or the plurality of CCs are downlink, called DL hereinafter, CCs
 
6. The method of claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the soft buffer is total soft buffer of the mobile device or is part of the total soft buffer of the mobile device.
 
7. The method of claim 1 or 2, further comprising:
dividing the soft buffer into the at least one sub-block according to the indication.
 
8. The method of claim 1 or 2, characterized in that a number of the at least one sub-block is one, and dividing the at least one sub-block of the soft buffer into the plurality of partitions, wherein the number of the plurality of partitions is determined according to the indication comprises:
dividing the soft buffer into the plurality of partitions, wherein the number of the plurality of partitions is determined according to the indication.
 
9. The method of claim 1, characterized in that the indication is generated by the mobile device; the indication is generated by the mobile device and the network according to the same rule; or the indication is generated by the network, and is transmitted by the network to the mobile device via a signaling.
 
10. The method of claim 2, further comprising:
transmitting information of the plurality of partitions to the mobile device, for the mobile device to arrange a plurality of HARQ processes of the plurality of CCs in the plurality of partitions.
 
11. The method of claim 2, characterized in that the indication is generated by the mobile device and the network according to the same rule.
 
12. The method of claim 11, characterized in that the mobile device determines the number of the plurality of partitions according to the indication, and divides the at least one sub-block of the soft buffer into the plurality of partitions according to the number of the plurality of partitions.
 
13. A wireless communication system characterized by comprising at least one mobile device executing the method of claim 1, and at least one network executing the method of claim 2.
 


Ansprüche

1. Verfahren zur Handhabung eines Soft-Puffer eines Mobilgeräts in einem Drahtloskommunikationssystem, welches in dem Mobilgerät eingesetzt wird, worin das Mobilgerät durch ein Netzwerk des Drahtloskommunikationssystems als mehrere Komponententräger, nachstehend als CCs bezeichnet, ausgestaltet ist, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Verfahren umfasst:

Teilen mindestens eines Unterblocks des Soft-Puffer in mehrere Partitionen, worin eine Anzahl der mehreren Partitionen gemäß einer Anzeige bestimmt wird; und

Anordnen mehrerer Hybrid Automatic Repeat Requests, nachstehend als HARQ bezeichnet, Vorgänge der mehreren CCs in den mehreren Partitionen;

worin einer der mindestens einen Unterblöcke gemäß der folgenden Gleichung geteilt wird:

worin Nsoft eine Größe eines der mindestens einen Unterblöcke ist; NIR eine Größe jeder der mehreren Partitionen ist; KMIMO eine Anzahl von Transportblöcken ist, die zu dem Mobilgerät in einem Übertragungszeitintervall (TTI) pro CC übertragen wird und mit einem von dem Mobilgerät und dem Netzwerk verwendeten, nachstehend als MIMO bezeichneten, Multiple-Input Multiple-Output assoziiert ist; Moverbooking eine in der Anzeige zur Steuerung der Anzahl der mehreren Partitionen enthaltene Gewichtung ist, die mit einer Nutzerausrüstungs-, nachstehend als UE bezeichnet, Kategorie des Mobilgeräts assoziiert, und ein positiver Wert ist; Mlimit ein positiver Wert ist; MDL_HARQ die maximale Anzahl von HARQ-Vorgängen von mehreren Downlink CCs ist; min(x,y) den kleineren von x und y reduziert; und die größte ganze Zahl auf nicht mehr als x reduziert.


 
2. Verfahren zur Handhabung eines Soft-Puffers eines Mobilgeräts in einem Drahtloskommunikationssystem, das in einem Netzwerk des Drahtloskommunikationssystem verwendet wird, worin das Mobilgerät mehrere durch das Netzwerk konfigurierte CCs aufweist, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Verfahren umfasst:

Bestimmen einer Anzahl mehrerer Partitionen gemäß einer Anzeige; und

virtuell Teilen mindestens eines Unterblocks des Soft-Puffers in die mehreren Partitionen gemäß der Anzahl der mehreren Partitionen;

worin einer der mindestens einen Unterblöcke gemäß der folgenden Gleichung geteilt wird:

worin Nsoft eine Größe eines der mindestens einen Unterblöcke ist; NIR eine Größe jeder der mehreren Partitionen ist; KMIMO mit einem von dem Mobilgerät und dem Netzwerk, nachstehend als MIMO bezeichneten Multiple-Input Multiple-Output assoziiert ist; Moverbooking eine in der Anzeige enthaltene Gewichtung zur Steuerung der Anzahl der mehreren Partitionen ist, die mit einer Nutzerausrüstungs-, nachstehend als UE bezeichnet, Kategorie des Mobilgerät assoziiert und ein positiver Wert ist; Mlimit ein positiver Wert ist; MDL_HARQ die maximale Anzahl von HARQ Vorgängen von mehreren Downlink CCs ist; min(x,y) den kleineren von x und y reduziert; und die größte ganze Zahl auf nicht größer als x reduziert.


 
3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Anzeige gemäß einer Kombination mehrerer Prioritäten der mehreren CCs, der Nutzerausrüstung, nachstehend als UE bezeichnet, -Kategorie des Mobilgeräts, einer Anzahl negativer Bestätigungen, nachstehend NACKs bezeichnet, des Mobilgeräts, einer durchschnittlichen Anzahl von HARQ-Vorgängen des Mobilgeräts, der Auslastung des Mobilgeräts, einer Anzahl der mehreren CCs, Bandweiten der mehreren CCs und einer maximalen Anzahl von durch das Mobilgerät unterstützen Schichten erzeugt wird.
 
4. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Teilen des mindestens einen Unterblocks des Soft-Puffers in die mehreren Partitionen, worin die Anzahl der mehreren gemäß der Anzeige bestimmt wird, umfasst:

Teilen des mindestens einen Unterblocks des Soft-Puffers in die mehreren Partitionen, worin die Anzahl der mehreren Partitionen gemäß der Anzeige bestimmt wird, nachdem ein primärer CC, nachstehend als PCC bezeichnet, der mehreren CCs rekonfiguriert ist; oder

Teilen des mindestens einen Unterblocks des Soft-Puffers in die mehreren Partitionen, worin die Anzahl der mehreren Partitionen gemäß der Anzeige bestimmt wird, nachdem eine Anzahl der mehreren CCs geändert wurde.


 
5. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die mehreren CCs alle für das Mobilgerät konfigurierte CCs sind; worin die mehreren CCs ein Teil der für das Mobilgerät konfigurierte CCs sind; oder worin die mehreren CCs Downlink-, nachstehend als DL bezeichnet, CCs sind.
 
6. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Soft-Puffer der gesamte Soft-Puffer des Mobilgeräts oder ein Teil des gesamten Soft-Puffers des Mobilgeräts ist.
 
7. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, welches weiter umfasst:
Teilen des Soft-Puffers in den mindestens einen Unterblock gemäß der Anzeige.
 
8. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass eine Anzahl des mindestens einen Unterblocks Eins ist, und Teilen des mindestens einen Unterblocks des Soft-Puffers in die mehreren Partitionen, worin die Anzahl der mehreren Partitionen gemäß der Anzeige bestimmt wurde, umfasst:
Teilen des Soft-Puffers in die mehreren Partitionen, worin die Anzahl der mehreren Partitionen gemäß der Anzeige bestimmt wird.
 
9. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Anzeige durch das Mobilgerät erzeugt wird; worin die Anzeige durch das Mobilgerät und das Netzwerk gemäß der gleichen Regel erzeugt wird; oder worin die Anzeige durch das Netzwerk erzeugt wird, und durch das Netzwerk zu dem Mobilgerät über ein Signal übertragen wird.
 
10. Verfahren nach Anspruch 2, welches weiter umfasst:
Übertragen von Information der mehreren Partitionen zu dem Mobilgerät, so dass das Mobilgerät mehrere HARQ Vorgänge der mehreren CCs in die mehreren Partitionen anordnet.
 
11. Verfahren nach Anspruch 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Anzeige durch das Mobilgerät und das Netzwerk gemäß der gleichen Regel erzeugt wird.
 
12. Verfahren nach Anspruch 11, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Mobilgerät die Anzahl der mehreren Partitionen gemäß der Anzeige bestimmt, und den mindestens einen Unterblock des Soft-Puffers in die mehreren Partitionen gemäß der Anzahl der mehreren Partitionen teilt.
 
13. Drahtloskommunikationssystem dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass es mindestens ein Mobilgerät umfasst, das das Verfahren nach Anspruch 1 ausführt, und mindestens ein Netzwerk, das das Verfahren nach Anspruch 2 ausführt.
 


Revendications

1. Procédé de prise en charge d'un tampon logiciel d'un dispositif mobile dans un système de communication sans fil, utilisé dans le dispositif mobile, le dispositif mobile étant configuré comme pluralité de porteuses composantes, appelées CC ci-après, par un réseau du système de communication sans fil, caractérisé par le procédé comprenant :

la division d'au moins un sous-bloc du tampon logiciel en une pluralité de partitions, dans lequel un nombre de la pluralité de partitions est déterminé selon une indication ; et

la mise en place d'une pluralité de processus de demande de répétition automatique hybride, appelée HARQ ci-après, de la pluralité de CC dans la pluralité de partitions ; dans lequel l'un parmi l'au moins un sous-bloc est divisé selon l'équation suivante :

dans lequel Nlogiciel est une taille de l'un parmi l'au moins un sous-bloc ; NIR est une taille de chacune parmi la pluralité de partitions ; KMIMO est un nombre de blocs de transport qui peuvent être transmis vers le dispositif mobile dans un intervalle de temps de transmission (TTI) par CC et se rapporte à des entrées multiples sorties multiples, appelées MIMO ci-après, utilisées par le dispositif mobile et le réseau ; Msurréservation est une pondération comprise dans l'indication pour commander le nombre de la pluralité de partitions, se rapporte à une catégorie d'équipement utilisateur, appelé UE ci-après, du dispositif mobile, et est une valeur positive ; Mlimite est une valeur positive ; MDL_HARQ est le nombre maximal de processus HARQ d'une pluralité de CC de liaison descendante ; min(x,y) renvoie le plus petit parmi x et y ; et [x] renvoie le plus grand nombre entier ne dépassant pas x.


 
2. Procédé de prise en charge d'un tampon logiciel d'un dispositif mobile dans un système de communication sans fil, utilisé dans un réseau du système de communication sans fil, le dispositif mobile étant configuré comme pluralité de CC par le réseau, caractérisé par le procédé comprenant :

la détermination d'un nombre d'une pluralité de partitions selon une indication ; et

la division d'au moins un sous-bloc du tampon logiciel en la pluralité de partitions virtuellement selon le nombre de la pluralité de partitions ;

dans lequel l'un parmi l'au moins un sous-bloc est divisé selon l'équation suivante :

dans lequel Nlogiciel est une taille de l'un parmi l'au moins un sous-bloc ; NIR est une taille de chacune parmi la pluralité de partitions ; KMIMO se rapporte à des entrées multiples sorties multiples, appelées MIMO ci-après, utilisées par le dispositif mobile et le réseau ; Msurréservation est une pondération comprise dans l'indication pour commander le nombre de la pluralité de partitions, se rapporte à une catégorie d'équipement utilisateur, appelé UE ci-après, du dispositif mobile, et est une valeur positive ; Mlimite est une valeur positive ; MDL_HARQ est le nombre maximal de processus HARQ d'une pluralité de CC de liaison descendante ; min(x,y) renvoie le plus petit parmi x et y ; et [x] renvoie le plus grand nombre entier ne dépassant pas x.


 
3. Procédé selon la revendication 1 ou 2, caractérisé en ce que l'indication est générée selon une combinaison d'une pluralité de priorités de la pluralité de CC, d'équipement utilisateur, appelé UE ci-après, de catégorie du dispositif mobile, d'un nombre d'accusés de réception négatifs, appelés NACK ci-après, du dispositif mobile, d'un nombre moyen de processus HARQ du dispositif mobile, de charge de trafic du dispositif mobile, d'un nombre de la pluralité de CC, de largeurs de bande de la pluralité de CC et d'un nombre maximal de couches prises en charge par le dispositif mobile.
 
4. Procédé selon la revendication 1 ou 2, caractérisé en ce que la division de l'au moins un sous-bloc du tampon logiciel en la pluralité de partitions, dans lequel le nombre de la pluralité de partitions est déterminé selon l'indication comprend :

la division de l'au moins un sous-bloc du tampon logiciel en la pluralité de partitions, dans lequel le nombre de la pluralité de partitions est déterminé selon l'indication, après qu'une CC primaire, appelée PCC ci-après, de la pluralité de CC est reconfigurée ; ou

la division de l'au moins un sous-bloc du tampon logiciel en la pluralité de partitions, dans lequel le nombre de la pluralité de partitions est déterminé selon l'indication, après qu'un nombre de la pluralité de CC est changé.


 
5. Procédé selon la revendication 1 ou 2, caractérisé en ce que la pluralité de CC sont les CC totales configurées pour le dispositif mobile ; la pluralité de CC font partie des CC configurées pour le dispositif mobile ; ou la pluralité de CC sont des CC de liaison descendante, appelée DL ci-après
 
6. Procédé selon la revendication 1 ou 2, caractérisé en ce que le tampon logiciel est le tampon logiciel total du dispositif mobile ou fait partie du tampon logiciel total du dispositif mobile.
 
7. Procédé selon la revendication 1 ou 2, comprenant en outre :
la division du tampon logiciel en l'au moins un sous-bloc selon l'indication.
 
8. Procédé selon la revendication 1 ou 2, caractérisé en ce qu'un nombre de l'au moins un sous-bloc vaut un, et la division de l'au moins un sous-bloc du tampon logiciel en la pluralité de partitions, dans lequel le nombre de la pluralité de partitions est déterminé selon l'indication comprend :
la division du tampon logiciel en la pluralité de partitions, dans lequel le nombre de la pluralité de partitions est déterminé selon l'indication.
 
9. Procédé selon la revendication 1, caractérisé en ce que l'indication est générée par le dispositif mobile ; l'indication est générée par le dispositif mobile et le réseau selon la même règle ; ou l'indication est générée par le réseau, et est transmise par le réseau au dispositif mobile via une signalisation.
 
10. Procédé selon la revendication 2, comprenant en outre :
la transmission d'informations de la pluralité de partitions au dispositif mobile, pour que le dispositif mobile mette en place une pluralité de processus HARQ de la pluralité de CC dans la pluralité de partitions.
 
11. Procédé selon la revendication 2, caractérisé en ce que l'indication est générée par le dispositif mobile et le réseau selon la même règle.
 
12. Procédé selon la revendication 11, caractérisé en ce que le dispositif mobile détermine le nombre de la pluralité de partitions selon l'indication, et divise l'au moins un sous-bloc du tampon logiciel en la pluralité de partitions selon le nombre de la pluralité de partitions.
 
13. Système de communication sans fil caractérisé en ce qu'il comprend au moins un dispositif mobile exécutant le procédé selon la revendication 1, et au moins un réseau exécutant le procédé selon la revendication 2.
 




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