Multicell coordinated scheduling with multiuser ZF beamforming

Policies and performance bounds

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We consider a coordinated multiuser scheduling problem for a multicell mutually interfering broadcast network. In particular, we focus on a two-cell cluster, where both base stations have only local data and local channel state information, but each has sufficient number of antennas to serve multiple homogeneous users under a full zero-forcing beamforming transmission. The scheduling problem is formulated as finding proper scheduled users and hence beamformers across the cells such that the sum rate is maximized. We uncover the structure for a good scheduling decision, which in turn motivates three distributed coordinated scheduling policies of different levels of complexity. For the simplest policy, we derive a lower bound on the expected achievable sum rate. It is shown in the large user population limit, the simplest policy suffices to preserve the best possible multiplexing gain and multiuser diversity gain for the model studied, but it does induce a pairing loss on the sum rate due to the limited coordination between cells.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, ITW 2014
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479959990
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014
Event2014 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, ITW 2014 - Hobart, Australia
Duration: 2 Nov 20145 Nov 2014


Other2014 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, ITW 2014

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