A survey of device-to-device communications: Research issues and challenges

Furqan Jameel, Zara Hamid, Farhana Jabeen, Sherali Zeadally, Muhammad Awais Javed

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Device-to-Device (D2D) communication has emerged as a promising technology for optimizing spectral efficiency in future cellular networks. D2D takes advantage of the proximity of communicating devices for efficient utilization of available resources, improving data rates, reducing latency, and increasing system capacity. The research community is actively investigating the D2D paradigm to realize its full potential and enable its smooth integration into the future cellular system architecture. Existing surveys on this paradigm largely focus on interference and resource management. We review recently proposed solutions in over explored and under explored areas in D2D. These solutions include protocols, algorithms, and architectures in D2D. Furthermore, we provide new insights on open issues in these areas. Finally, we discuss potential future research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8340813
Pages (from-to)2133-2168
Number of pages36
JournalIEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
3) WiFiUS: In 2011, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), through its Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS), Tekes - the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, and the Academy of Finland came together to jointly fund the Wireless innovation between Finland and U.S. (WiFiUS) [41]. NSF, Tekes, and the Academy of Finland have supported a set of projects in the area of wireless networking, establishing new collaborations among researchers from the U.S. and Finland under the Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) program. After the success of initial collaborations, the NSF, Tekes and Academy of Finland has set out to broaden the scope of the collaboration by including a wider set of issues related to wireless networking. The program has also included NSF CISE Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) and NSF Directorate for Engineering’s Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) under its umbrella to address a wider set of topics related to wireless networking.

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  • Device-to-device (D2D) communication
  • device discovery
  • mobile networks
  • mobility management
  • resource allocation
  • security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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