A Novel Interference Alignment Scheme Based on Sequential Antenna Switching in Wireless Networks

Nan Zhao*, F. Richard Yu, Hongjian Sun, Arumugam Nallanathan, Hongxi Yin

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Abstract

Interference alignment (IA) is a promising technique that can effectively eliminate the interference in wireless networks. However, in traditional IA schemes, the signal to interference plus noise ratio (SINR) may significantly degrade, and the quality of service (QoS) may be unacceptable. In this paper, a novel IA scheme based on antenna switching (AS-IA) is proposed to improve the SINR of the received signal while guaranteeing the QoS in IA wireless networks. In the proposed scheme, some of the antennas are replaced by reconfigurable ones that can switch among preset modes, and the best channel coefficients are selected. Furthermore, to reduce the computational complexity, a sequential antenna switching IA (SAS-IA) scheme is proposed with only one antenna switching in each time slot, and the communication proceeds during the process of searching for the optimal solution. To further improve the performance of the SAS-IA scheme under imperfect channel state information (CSI), a filtering SAS-IA scheme is proposed through averaging the estimated CSI during the iterations of the distributed IA algorithm. Simulation results are presented to show the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed schemes in improving the QoS of IA wireless networks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5008-5021
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
Volume12
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

Keywords

  • Interference alignment
  • antenna switching
  • reconfigurable antenna
  • computational complexity
  • channel state information
  • PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS
  • MIMO
  • SELECTION
  • CHANNELS
  • OPTIMIZATION
  • INFORMATION
  • SYSTEMS

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