Achieving the Age-Energy Tradeoff with a Finite-Battery Energy Harvesting Source


BACINOĞLU B. T. , Sun Y., UYSAL BIYIKOĞLU E. , Mutlu V.

IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Colorado, United States Of America, 17 - 22 June 2018, pp.876-880 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Colorado
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.876-880
  • Keywords: Age of Information, age-energy tradeoff, threshold policy, optimal threshold, energy harvesting, battery capacity

Abstract

We study the problem of minimizing the time-average expected Age of Information for status updates sent by an energy-harvesting source with a finite-capacity battery. In prior literature, optimal policies were observed to have a threshold structure under Poisson energy arrivals, for the special case of a unit-capacity battery. In this paper, we generalize this result to any (integer) battery capacity, and explicitly characterize the threshold structure. We provide the expressions relating the threshold values on the age to the average age. One of these results, that we derive from these expressions, is the unexpected equivalence of the minimum average AoI and the optimal threshold for the highest energy state.