Secure Communications for the Two-User Broadcast Channel with Random Traffic

Parthajit Mohapatra, Nikolaos Pappas, Jemin Lee, Tony Q.S. Quek, Vangelis Angelakis

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In this paper, we study the stability region of the two-user broadcast channel (BC) with bursty data arrivals and security constraints. It is assumed that one of the receivers has a secrecy constraint, i.e., its packets need to be kept secret from the other receiver, which is defined based on signal to interference noise ratio. The receiver with secrecy constraint has full-duplex capability to send a jamming signal for improving its service rate. The stability region of the two-user BC with secrecy constraint is characterized for the general decoding case. Then, assuming two different decoding schemes, the respective stability regions are derived. The full-duplex operation of receiver results in self-interference, and the effect of imperfect self-interference cancelation on the stability region is also investigated. The stability region of the BC with a secrecy constraint, where the receivers do not have full duplex capability can be obtained as a special case of the results derived in this paper. In addition, the paper considers the problem of maximizing the saturated throughput of the queue for which there is no secrecy constraint under minimum service guarantees for the other queue. The results provide new insights on the effect of the secrecy constraint on the stability region of the BC. It is found that the stability region with secrecy constraint is sensitive to the degree of self-interference cancelation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2294-2309
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Sep

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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