Opportunistic interference alignment for MIMO interfering multiple-access channels

Hyun Jong Yang, Won Yong Shin, Bang Chul Jung, Arogyaswami Paulraj

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We consider the K-cell multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) interfering multiple-access channel (IMAC) with time-invariant channel coefficients, where each cell consists of a base station (BS) with M antennas and N users having L antennas each. In this paper, we propose two opportunistic interference alignment (OIA) techniques utilizing multiple transmit antennas at each user: antenna selection-based OIA and singular value decomposition (SVD)-based OIA. Their performance is analyzed in terms of user scaling law required to achieve KS degrees-of-freedom (DoF), where S(≤ M) denotes the number of simultaneously transmitting users per cell. We assume that each selected user transmits a single data stream at each time-slot. It is shown that the antenna selection-based OIA does not fundamentally change the user scaling condition if L is fixed, compared with the single-input multiple-output (SIMO) IMAC case, which is given by SNR(K-1)S, where SNR denotes the signal-to-noise ratio. In addition, we show that the SVD-based OIA can greatly reduce the user scaling condition to SNR(K-1)S-L+1 through optimizing a weight vector at each user. Simulation results validate the derived scaling laws of the proposed OIA techniques. The sum-rate performance of the proposed OIA techniques is compared with the conventional techniques in MIMO IMAC channels and it is shown that the proposed OIA techniques outperform the conventional techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6493532
Pages (from-to)2180-2192
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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