Achievable Sum DoF of the ${K}$ -User MIMO Interference Channel with Delayed CSIT

Chenxi Hao, Bruno Clerckx

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This paper considers a $K$ -user multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) interference channel (IC) where 1) the channel state information obtained by the transmitters (CSIT) is completely outdated and 2) the number of transmit antennas at each transmitter, i.e., $M$ is greater than the number of receive antennas at each user, i.e., $N$. The usefulness of the delayed CSIT was first identified in a $K$ -phase retrospective interference alignment (RIA) scheme proposed by Maddah-Ali and Tse for the multiple-input single-output broadcast channel, but the extension to the MIMO IC is a non-trivial step as each transmitter only has the message intended for the corresponding user. Recently, Abdoli $et al$. focused on a single-input single-output IC and solved such bottleneck by inventing a $K$ -phase RIA with distributed overheard interference retransmission. In this paper, we propose two $K$ -phase RIA schemes suitable for the MIMO IC by generalizing and integrating some key features of both Abdoli's and Maddah-Ali's works. The two schemes jointly yield the best known sum degrees-of-freedom (DoF) performance so far. For the case $({M}/{N}){\geq }K$ , the achieved sum DoF is asymptotically given by $({64}/{15})N$ when $K{\to }\infty $.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7501606
Pages (from-to)4165-4180
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct


  • Interference channel
  • degrees-of-freedom
  • delayed CSIT
  • retrospective interference alignment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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