Degrees of freedom for the constant Mimo interference channel with CoMP transmission

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The multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) interference channel (IC) is considered with constant channel coefficients, N transmit and receive antennas at each user, and coordinated multipoint (CoMP) transmission, in which each message is jointly transmitted by Mt successive transmitters. It is shown that the degrees of freedom with CoMP transmission using a two-stage scheme involving both zero forcing and interference alignment can be significantly greater than without CoMP transmission. In particular, all K users can achieve d degrees of freedom almost surely if d≤ (2N)/(K-Mt+1) and Mt≤ K-2. Additionally, the first Mt-1 users can achieve d1 degrees of freedom, and the last K-Mt+1 users can achieve d2 degrees of freedom almost surely if d2≤(2N)/(K-Mt+1), Mt≤ K-2, and d1+(K-Mt+1) d2≤ 2N. Next, the analysis of the constant MIMO IC with CoMP transmission is applied to the development of iterative algorithms to design transmit and receive vectors analogous to those without CoMP transmission. The degrees of freedom analysis is shown through simulations to provide a good guideline for choosing how many beams each user should send for the iterative algorithms. Furthermore, it is seen in the numerical results that CoMP transmission can result in greatly improved convergence speed for the iterative interference alignment algorithms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number684716
Pages (from-to)2894-2904
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • Wireless networks
  • interference channels
  • iterative algorithms
  • throughput

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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