TR2012-027

Combating Interference: MU-MIMO, CoMP, and HetNet


    •  Liu, L.; Zhang, J.; Yi, Y.; Li, H.; Zhang, J., "Combating Interference: MU-MIMO, CoMP, and HetNet", Journal of Communications, Vol. 7, No. 9, pp. 646-655, September 2012.
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      • @article{Liu2012sep,
      • author = {Liu, L. and Zhang, J. and Yi, Y. and Li, H. and Zhang, J.},
      • title = {Combating Interference: MU-MIMO, CoMP, and HetNet},
      • journal = {Journal of Communications},
      • year = 2012,
      • volume = 7,
      • number = 9,
      • pages = {646--655},
      • month = sep,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2012-027}
      • }
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Combating interference is one of the most outstanding challenges in wireless communication networks, especially for cellular networks with frequency reuse one. This issue becomes even more significant in heterogeneous networks where lower power nodes (such as pico-cell and/or femto-cell) are deployed within a macro-cell's coverage. In this paper, we investigate interference coordination techniques in different scenarios. For homogeneous networks, we study single-cell multiuser MIMO for the purpose of intra-cell interference coordination and coordinated multi-point (CoMP) transmission for the purpose of inter-cell interference mitigation. For multi-userMIMO systems, we will discuss multi-userMIMO proportional-fair scheduling as well as multi-user precoding schemes. For CoMP transmission, we will focus on CoMP joint transmission and discuss the situations where CoMP could provide performance gains over single-cell operations. For heterogeneous networks, we investigate two specific inter-cell interference coordination techniques: time-domain solutions and power setting schemes. Furthermore, the potential extension of various CoMP schemes to heterogeneous networks will also be discussed.