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Metaheuristic Based Data Gathering Scheme for Clustered UAVs in 6G Communication Network

1Department of Information Systems, College of Computer and Information Sciences, Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia

2Department of Computer Science, College of Science & Arts at Mahayil, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia

3Faculty of Computer and IT, Sana'a University, Sana'a, Yemen

4Department of Computer and Self Development, Preparatory Year Deanship, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, AlKharj, Saudi Arabia

5Department of Natural and Applied Sciences, College of Community-Aflaj, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author: Manar Ahmed Hamza. Email: ma.hamza@psau.edu.sa

Received: 20 October 2021; Accepted: 22 November 2021

Abstract: The sixth-generation (6G) wireless communication networks are anticipated in integrating aerial, terrestrial, and maritime communication into a robust system to accomplish trustworthy, quick, and low latency needs. It enables to achieve maximum throughput and delay for several applications. Besides, the evolution of 6G leads to the design of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in providing inexpensive and effective solutions in various application areas such as healthcare, environment monitoring, and so on. In the UAV network, effective data collection with restricted energy capacity poses a major issue to achieving high quality network communication. It can be addressed by the use of clustering techniques for UAVs in 6G networks. In this aspect, this study develops a novel metaheuristic based energy efficient data gathering scheme for clustered unmanned aerial vehicles (MEEDG-CUAV). The proposed MEEDG-CUAV technique intends in partitioning the UAV networks into various clusters and assign a cluster head (CH) to reduce the overall energy utilization. Besides, the quantum chaotic butterfly optimization algorithm (QCBOA) with a fitness function is derived to choose CHs and construct clusters. The experimental validation of the MEEDG-CUAV technique occurs utilizing benchmark dataset and the experimental results highlighted the better performance over the other state of art techniques interms of different measures.

Keywords: 6G network; mobile communication; uav networks; energy efficiency; clustering; metaheuristics

The cutting edge wireless communication networks towards 6G are imagined to empower intellectual, secure, dependable, and boundless availability [1]. It is anticipated that 6G will bring an undeniable structure for connected things and computerization framework from independent vehicles to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with tough and various prerequisites such as dependability, inertness, data rate, and energy proficiency. UAVs, normally known as drones, act as a vital part of a broad scope of utilization cases and situations that can go past 5G and 6G [2]. The instances of UAV applications incorporate bundle conveyance, media creation, surveillance, and distant developments. The organization of UAVs is consistently expanding and, as anticipated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the quantity of business UAV armadas can reach up to 1.6 million by 2024. In the meantime, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) traffic management (UTM) frameworks are being created to provide danger free activity of low-height UAVs with their conceivably high traffic thickness. In an associated sky, the help of a huge scope arrangement of UAVs requires solid and secure remote correspondences that guarantee safe control and activity of UAVs [3]. This will require productive framework plan for remote correspondence, canny calculation, and solid control instruments. Fig. 1 illustrates the process of 5G.

In multiUAV systems, UAV-to-UAV (U2U) and UAV-to-base station (U2BS) data sharing is a successful answer for excellent organization correspondence. Inferable from the high portability of UAVs, UAV localization is a significant specialized issue. UAV localization is acknowledged utilizing GPS; be that as it may, GPS experiences a normal area blunder of 10–30 m [4]. Much of the time, for example, rural environments check under terrible climate conditions, the GPS signal has been inadequate or totally missing. Subsequently, a few techniques are presented for addressing this localization issue in UAV networks [5]. The vast majority of these techniques, which utilize the distance estimation strategy, depend on bilateration and trilateration. Be that as it may, flip ambiguity (FA) is a significant issue in distance-estimation based localization techniques [6]. Nonetheless, GPS is costly and energy burning-through [7].

In multi-UAV systems, clustering is utilized to control the organization of UAVs in the network. Due to energy limits, the network lifespan has been critical boundary in UAV systems [8]. Additionally, attributable to the high versatility of UAVs, geography control is fundamental to decrease correspondence impedance [9]. The clustering approach addresses the significant distance correspondence issue, expands network versatility, improves network lifetime, and builds the unwavering quality of the whole organization. Moreover, clustering can furnish proficient and consistent courses with low correspondence overhead during the course disclosure and sending measures [10]. It can be result of their effortlessness, adequacy in taking care of complicated streamlining issues, and neighborhood least aversion [11]. A greater part of these calculations is motivated by creature conduct, developmental ideas, and actual wonders.

Pustokhina et al. [12] proposed a novel energy-efficient cluster based UAV network with DL based scene classification technique. The presented technique contains a clustering with parameter tuned residual network (C-PTRN) technique that functions on 2 important stages namely cluster construction as well as scene classification. Primarily, the UAV is clustered, and selected CH transfer the taken images to BS. Secondary level, a DL-based ResNet50 approach was utilized to scene classification. For tuning the hyperparameter of ResNet50 technique, water wave optimization (WWO) technique was utilized.

In Turgut et al. [13], an analytical structure has been given for analyzing the SINR coverage probabilities of UAV helped cellular networks by clustered user equipment (UE). The place of UAVs as well as ground BS have been demonstrated as Poison point procedures, and UE has been considered distributed based on Poisson cluster technique about the predictions of UAV on the ground. Primarily, the complementary cumulative distribution purpose and probabilities density purpose of path losses to combine of UAV as well as ground BS tiers are resultant.

In Na et al. [14], an efficient iterative technique was presented for addressing it. Initially, to set UAV path, every terminal is clustered and sub-slot allocation technique dependent upon Lagrange multiplier and bisection technique was presented. Afterward, to set clustering state and sub-slot time, it can optimize the UAV path. Spyridis et al. [15] regarded the aim of locating mobile IoT devices of unknown places, utilizing the set of UAVs which are equipped by RSSI sensor. The UAV utilized measurement of objective's radio frequency (RF) signal power for modelling the objective as rapidly as feasible. In DL technique carried out clustering from the UAV networks at regular intervals depending upon graph convolutional network (GCN) framework that utilized data on RSSI and UAV places.

In Liu et al. [16], a new non-stationary multi-mobility UAV-to-ship channel technique was presented, containing 3 types of modules, for instance, the line-of-sight (LoS), single-bounce (SB) modules resultant in the variation of seawater, and multi-bounce (MB) modules presented by waveguide result on sea surface. Minhas et al. [17] proposed the Reinforcement Learning (RL) and UAV helped multipath routing technique to PSN. The goal is for increasing network lifespan by enhancing the energy-efficiency of PSN. Initial, network configurations have been created utilizing varying clustering methods. The RL is then implemented for configuring the routing topology which regards combined immediate energy cost and entire distance cost of communication path.

The major objective of the study is to design an intelligent data gathering scheme for clustered UAVs in such a way that the energy efficiency is accomplished.

This article presents a novel metaheuristic based energy efficient data gathering scheme for clustered unmanned aerial vehicles (MEEDG-CUAV). The proposed MEEDG-CUAV technique intends in partitioning the UAV networks into various clusters and assign a cluster head (CH) to reduce the overall energy utilization. Besides, the quantum chaotic butterfly optimization algorithm (QCBOA) with a fitness function is derived to choose CHs and construct clusters. The experimental validation of the MEEDG-CUAV technique takes place using benchmark dataset and the experimental results highlighted the better performance over the other state of art techniques interms of different measures.

The rest of the paper is organized as follows. Section 2 offers the detailed discussion of the MEEDG-CUAV technique and Section 3 provides a brief performance validation process. Finally, Section 4 draws the conclusion.

2 The Proposed MEEDG-CUAV Technique

In this study, a MEEDG-CUAV technique is derived for energy efficient data collection in UAV enabled 6G networks. The MEEDG-CUAV technique involves the design of QCBOA technique by integrating the concepts of quantum theory and chaotic map into the classical BOA. In addition, the QCBOA technique derives a fitness function involving three input variables to elect CHs like residual energy (RDE), average distance to neighboring UAVs (ADTN), and UAV degree (DEG). Fig. 2 demonstrates the overall process of presented MEEDG-CUAV technique.

2.1 Algorithmic Design of QCBOA Technique

The nature simulated metaheuristic technique is presented, called BOA that reproduces the foraging as well as mating performance of the butterfly. The most essential feature of BOA altered in other metaheuristics is which all butterflies have their individual unique scent. The fragrance was expressed as:

where

where

Besides, there are 2 important steps from the technique, it can be correspondingly, global as well as local search phases [18]. The mathematical process of butterfly global search movement is written as:

where

where

Combined of global as well as local searches to food and mating partner with butterfly by its nature is taking place. So, the switch probability p has been fixed to change the usual global search and intensive local search. During all the iterations, the BOA arbitrarily creates the number from 0 and 1 that is related to switch probability p for deciding that for conducting global/local searches.

The chaos model is a division of mathematics which acts on non-linear dynamical system. Non-linear represents that it can be inconceivable for predicting the system response with relating the input, and dynamical mean alters from the system in one state to another over time. The chaos purpose signifies the dynamic model with deterministic formula. But, according to the primary condition, chaotic functions are generated wildly unpredictable and divergent feature performances [19]. Therefore, the chaos function is improve the intensification as well as diversification of optimized techniques that is prevent local optimal solutions and change nearby global optimal. These purposes follow very easy principles and have some interrelating parts; but, during all iterations, the created value was based on the earlier value and primary condition.

During this case, it can be executed 3 varying chaotic maps such as logistic mapping, iterative mapping, and tent mapping with sensory modality (c) and power exponents (p) computations from the BOA. The chaos purposes have been established for exhibiting higher efficiency related to other chaos purposes.

Logistic map:

At this point,

Iterative map:

During the iterative map, the value of P is chosen amongst [0,1], and the outcome

Tent map:

The tent map has 1D map which similar to logistic map. At this point, the outcome

During the presented QCBOA, the sensory modality value was changed with more disturbance to c value under the new BOA utilizing a chaos function. It can change the sensory modality value as:

where

The variances in the sensory modality and power exponent amongst the new BOA and presented QCBOA with logistic map. The

The change of sensory-modality value is affected by premature convergence. In addition, the implementation of constant value to the power exponents are generate a locally minimal output. The intensification as well as diversification of exploring manner is intensified and diversified with more chaotic disturbance and so help the effort near global solutions.

Besides, the quantum computing technique increases the solutions of many real world issues from soft computation methods. Most of their important application was enhancing optimized techniques for exploring the search space further effectively and efficiently. During this technique, every particle is considered for moving in quantum mechanical procedures before typical Newtonian arbitrary movement. During the quantum wave model, a particle has been considered for moving from 1D well

In Eq. (10),

At this point,

At this time,

Now, M represents the population size, and

At this point,

2.2 Process Involved in the QCBOA Based Clustering Technique

The presented MEEDG-CUAV based clustering is mostly dependent upon the QCBOA technique. The aim of MEEDG-CUAV approach has for dividing

where

where E refers to the current energy level of UAV and

where

In addition, the AADTN signifies the average value of distance of the neighbroing UAV from their 1-hop communication range [20]. It is determined in Eq. (19):

where

At a time t, the DEG implies the UAV degree representing the amount of adjacent nodes current to UAV that is formulated as:

where

The performance validation of the MEEDG-CUAV technique takes place under varying dimensions.

Tab. 1 and Fig. 3 offer the energy consumption (EC) analysis of the MEEDG-CUAV technique with existing approaches under distinct UAV count. The outcomes depicted that the MEEDG-CUAV technique has gained effective outcomes with minimal EC.

For instance, with 10 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV technique has attained a lower EC of 87 mJ whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA techniques have obtained higher EC of 96, 100, 102, and 111 mJ respectively. In line with, with 40 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV system has reached a minimum EC of 131 mJ whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA techniques have gained superior EC of 155, 164, 167, and 196 mJ correspondingly. At the same time, with 80 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV approach has achieved a lesser EC of 189 mJ whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA methods have obtained higher EC of 217, 234, 248, and 253 mJ respectively. Finally, with 100 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV technique has gained a lower EC of 210 mJ whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA methodologies have obtained maximal EC of 230, 252, 269, and 278 mJ correspondingly.

A brief NLT analysis of the MEEDG-CUAV technique with recent approaches takes place in Tab. 2 and Fig. 4. The experimental results portrayed that the MEEDG-CUAV technique has accomplished improved NLT over the other techniques. For instance, with 10 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV technique has resulted in an increased NLT of 5920 rounds whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA techniques have attained reduced NLT of 5570, 5520, 5330, and 4770 rounds respectively. Likewise, with 40 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV system has resulted in an enhanced NLT of 5410 rounds whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA techniques have achieved reduced NLT of 5250, 4950, 4600, and 4180 rounds correspondingly. Moreover, with 80 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV approach has resulted in an improved NLT of 4430 rounds whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA techniques have attained lower NLT of 4080, 3840, 3760, and 3590 rounds respectively. Furthermore, with 100 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV method has resulted in an increased NLT of 4160 rounds whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA systems have attained reduced NLT of 3550, 3380, 3280, and 3210 rounds correspondingly.

Detailed throughput analysis of the MEEDG-CUAV manner with recent algorithms occurs in Tab. 3 and Fig. 5. The experimental results portrayed that the MEEDG-CUAV technique has accomplished increased throughput over the other algorithms. For instance, with 10 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV manner has resulted in a higher throughput of 99 Mbps whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA methods have attained lesser throughput of 93, 92, 90, and 86 Mbps correspondingly. In addition, with 40 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV technique has resulted in maximal throughput of 87 Mbps whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA techniques have attained reduced throughput of 72, 66, 60, and 53 Mbps respectively. Followed by, with 80 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV technique has resulted in a higher throughput of 78 Mbps whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA techniques have attained reduced throughput of 61, 53, 52, and 42 Mbps correspondingly. Finally, with 100 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV system has resulted in an increased throughput of 74 Mbps whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA techniques have attained minimum throughput of 57, 49, 48, and 39 Mbps correspondingly.

Tab. 4 and Fig. 6 provide the ARD analysis of the MEEDG-CUAV system with existing approaches in different UAV counts. The results depicted that the MEEDG-CUAV algorithm has gained effective outcomes with a minimum ARD. For instance, with 10 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV manner has reached a lesser ARD of 4.04 s whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA techniques have obtained maximum ARD of 4.17, 4.20, 4.27, and 4.86 s correspondingly. Along with that, with 40 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV technique has attained a decreased ARD of 5.76 s whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA techniques have obtained increased ARD of 6.27, 6.85, 7.67, and 9.86 s correspondingly. Simultaneously, with 80 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV approach has attained a reduced ARD of 8.43 s whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA manners have obtained improved ARD of 9.17, 9.82, 10.36, and 12.39 s respectively. At last, with 100 UAVs, the MEEDG-CUAV method has attained a lower ARD of 8.98 s whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA systems have reached superior ARD of 10.16, 10.92, 11.19, and 13.89 s correspondingly.

Tab. 5 and Fig. 7 gives the NCHC analysis of the MEEDG-CUAV method with existing manners under varying UAV speed rate. The outcomes demonstrated that the MEEDG-CUAV technique has reached effective outcomes with minimal NCHC. For instance, with 2 m/s speed rate, the MEEDG-CUAV system has reached a lower NCHC of 9 whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA techniques have achieved higher NCHC of 11, 13, 16, and 19 respectively. Also, with 4 m/s speed rate, the MEEDG-CUAV system has attained a lower NCHC of 8 whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA methods have obtained higher NCHC of 10, 15, 18, and 22 correspondingly. Moreover, with 8 m/s speed rate, the MEEDG-CUAV algorithm has attained a lower NCHC of 15 whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA systems have obtained higher NCHC of 19, 22, 25, and 28 respectively. Eventually, with 10 m/s speed rate, the MEEDG-CUAV system has attained a minimal NCHC of 17 whereas the SOCS, BICSF, EALC, and MPCA manners have obtained superior NCHC of 20, 24, 29, and 33 correspondingly.

In this study, a MEEDG-CUAV technique is derived for energy efficient data collection in UAV enabled 6G networks. The MEEDG-CUAV technique involves the design of QCBOA technique by integrating the concepts of quantum theory and chaotic map into the classical BOA. In addition, the QCBOA technique derives a fitness function involving three input variables to elect CHs namely RDE, ADTN, and DEG. The experimental validation of the MEEDG-CUAV technique occurs utilizing benchmark dataset and the experimental results highlighted the better performance over the other state of art techniques interms of different measures. Therefore, the MEEDG-CUAV technique can be utilized as a proficient tool for data collection in clustered UAV enabled 6G networks. In future, task scheduling and resource allocation strategies can be developed for UAV enabled 6G networks.

Acknowledgement: The authors would like to acknowledge the support of Prince Sultan University for paying the Article Processing Charges (APC) of this publication.

Funding Statement: The authors extend their appreciation to the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Khalid University for funding this work under Grant Number (RGP 1/279/42). https://www.kku.edu.sa.

Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest to report regarding the present study.

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