Coded Caching for Hierarchical Two-Layer Networks with Coded Placement

Rajlaxmi Pandey, Charul Rajput, B. Sundar Rajan
Computer Science, Information Theory, Information Theory (cs.IT)
2023-12-22 00:00:00
We consider two layered hierarchical coded caching problem introduced in Hierarchical coded caching, IEEE Trans. Inf. Theory, 2016, in which a server is connected to $K_1$ mirrors, and each mirror is connected to $K_2$ users. The mirrors and the users are equipped with the cache of size $M_1$ and $M_2$, respectively. We propose a hierarchical coded caching scheme with coded placements that perform better than the existing schemes. In order to ensure a fair comparison with existing schemes, we introduce the notion of composite rate, defined as $\overline{R}=R_1+K_1R_2$, which consists of the rate from server to mirrors $R_1$ and the rate from mirror to users $R_2$. The composite rate has not been discussed before in literature and it represents the total consumed bandwidth in the system. Therefore, it is more appropriate to consider the composite rate along with $R_1$ and $R_2$. For the proposed scheme, we show a trade-off between the global memory $\overline{M}=K_1M_1+K_1K_2M_2$ of the system and the composite rate. We compare the proposed scheme with the existing hierarchical coded caching schemes using the proposed parameter composite rate. Finally, we propose another scheme for the specific case of a single mirror, which performs better for this case.
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