Age of Information and Delay Tradeoff with Freshness-Aware Mobile Edge Cache Update


SOURCE  IEEE Globecom’19, Waikoloa, HI, USA, Dec. 9-13, 2019

Published Date:Dec. 9-13, 2019


Mobile edge caching is an effective way to reduce the service delay of content delivery, where the popular contents can be pro-actively stored in proximity to users. In practice, the cached contents should be updated timely to avoid information staleness, in case that the information of a content changes with time and environment. However, cache update consumes additional transmission resources, which can degrade the delay performance. This work studies the fundamental tradeoff relationship between the content freshness (depicted by the age of information (AoI)) and service delay in mobile edge caching  networks, and proposes a freshness-aware cache update scheme to achieve the AoI-delay balance. In specific, the base station will fetch the latest version of a content before delivery, if the AoI is larger than a certain threshold (i.e., update window size). The average AoI and service delay are derived in closed forms through approximated analysis of queueing systems, revealing a tradeoff relationship with respect to the update window size. Extensive simulations are conducted on the OMNeT++ platform, which validates the analytical results. Both the analytical and simulation results show that the proposed scheme can flexibly balance the average AoI and delay on demand, by tuning the update window size. Furthermore, the proposed scheme can also avoid frequent update in case of heavy content requests, whereby the AoI and delay are regulated by setting the  appropriate update window size.


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