Adaptive bit-interleaved coded OFDM with reduced feedback information

Chang Kyung Sung, Sae Young Chung, Jun Heo, Inkyu Lee

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If the channel is static and is perfectly known to both the transmitter and the receiver, the water-filling technique with adaptive modulation is known to be optimal (Gallager, 1968). However, for orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) systems, this requires intensive traffic overheads for reporting channel state information on all subcarriers to the transmitter. In this paper, we consider an adaptive modulation and coding scheme for bit-interleaved coded OFDM with reduced feedback information satisfying a specified quality of service level. We propose a rate adaptation scheme, which utilizes the estimated bit error rate for supportable transmission rates. In this scheme, a user equipment chooses a modulation and coding scheme (MCS) level, which can provide the maximum spectral efficiency based on one OFDM symbol rather than on all subchannels. Then the user needs to send back only the selected MCS level index. The proposed scheme does not require the water-filling procedure, and the amount of the feedback information reduces to a single integer value irrespective of the number of subcarriers. Simulation results show that the proposed scheme can significantly reduce the system complexity while minimizing the performance loss compared to the optimum water-filling scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1649-1655
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sept

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Paper recommended by Editor R. W. Heath, Jr., the Editor for Coding, Swiching, and Routing of the IEEE Communications Society. Manuscript received July 17, 2005; revised February 14, 2006 and May 25, 2006. This work was supported in part by the Ministry of Information and Communication, Korea, under the Information Technology Research Center Support Program supervised by the Institute of Information Technology Assessment, and in part by the Basic Research Program of the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation under Grant R01-2006-000-11112-0. This paper was presented in part at the IEEE International Conference on Communications, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2006.


  • Adaptive modulation and coding (AMC)
  • Bit-interleaved coded modulation (BICM)
  • Fading channels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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