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Distributed Beamforming Coordination in Multicell MIMO Channels

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3 Author(s)
Zakhour, R. ; Mobile Commun. Dept., EURECOM, Sophia Antipolis ; Ho, Z.K.M. ; Gesbert, D.

Coordination in a multi-cell/link environment has been attracting a lot of attention in the research community recently. In this paper, we consider the problem of coordinated beamforming where base stations (BS) equipped with multiple antennas attempt to serve a separate user each despite the interference generated by the other bases. We propose a framework for a distributed optimization of the beamformers at each base, where distributed is defined as using "local CSIT" only. We present and compare two distributed approaches (one iterative and another direct approach) which have in common the optimization of the beamformers as a combination of so-called egoistic and altruistic solutions for this problem. We provide the intuitions behind these approaches and some theoretical grounds for optimality in certain cases. Performance is finally illustrated through numerical simulations.

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Vehicular Technology Conference, 2009. VTC Spring 2009. IEEE 69th

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26-29 April 2009