Multi-layer precoding for full-dimensional massive MIMO systems

Ahmed Alkhateeb, Geert Leus, Robert W. Heath

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Full-dimensional massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems boost sum spectral efficiency by offering orders of magnitude increase in multiplexing gains. In time division duplexing systems, however, the reuse of the uplink training pilots among cells results in channel estimation errors, which lead to downlink inter-cell interference, especially for cell-edge users, even with large numbers of antennas. Handling this interference with conventional network MIMO techniques is challenging due to the high channel dimensionality. Further, large antenna precoding and combining implementation is associated with high hardware complexity. In this paper, we propose multi-layer precoding to enable efficient and low complexity full-dimensional MIMO operation. Multi-layer precoding (i) leverages the directional characteristics of large-scale MIMO channels to manage inter-cell interference with low channel requirements, and (ii) allows for an efficient implementation using low-complexity hybrid analog/digital architectures. We present and evaluate a specific multi-layer precoding design for full-dimensional MIMO systems. Simulation results show the potential gains of multi-layer precoding compared with traditional pilot-contaminated massive MIMO setups despite the low channel knowledge requirements and the low-complexity implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference Record of the 48th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers
EditorsMichael B. Matthews
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479982974
StatePublished - Apr 24 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event48th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2015 - Pacific Grove, United States
Duration: Nov 2 2014Nov 5 2014

Publication series

NameConference Record - Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers
ISSN (Print)1058-6393


Other48th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPacific Grove

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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