A graphical model approach to downlink cooperative MIMO systems

Illsoo Sohn, Sang Hyun Lee, Jeffrey G. Andrews

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We propose a new method for computing transmit beamforming vectors for downlink multicell multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) networks. The key novelty of the work is the application of graphical model theory to the intercell interference problem. An index restriction beamforming strategy is adopted to mitigate intercell interference, and is implemented with the well-known message-passing algorithm known as belief-propagation. The advantage of combining restricted index beamforming with belief propagation is only local channel information is required, and the computational complexity is lower than competing methods for base station cooperation. Numerical results show that the network throughput of downlink multicell MIMO systems is increased by the proposed cooperative method especially for cell edge users while the computational complexity is kept similar to non-cooperative methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781424456383
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event53rd IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: 2010 Dec 62010 Dec 10

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


Other53rd IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami, FL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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