I am back with my questions! I recently came across a paper titled "Low Latency IFFT Design for OFDM Systems Supporting Full-Duplex FDD" where they claim a new method of IFFT input mapping to reduce the output latency. However, they have mentioned how in a conventional OFDM, the null subcarriers are mapped in the middle and the data subcarriers to the side. I have attached a picture of this. But my question is why is it done in the first place? Is it something to do with the efficient use of butterfly operation?
Also, please mention a reference where it is cited that conventional OFDM systems use this method of reordering before performing an IFFT operation.