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In this paper, we investigate the problem of multi-user spatial division multiple access (MU SDMA) operation in mmWave wireless networks, within which directional antennas are used to combat the high path loss incurred in the 60GHz band. We study the feasibility of MU SDMA in mmWave networks and propose two MAC protocols to support CSMA/CA based uplink and downlink MU SDMA transmissions. The proposed protocols adopt virtual carrier sensing and allows multiple users to communicate with an access point (AP) simultaneously. Performance analysis and simulation results both show that the proposed protocols can achieve considerable performance improvements over a system that supports only single user (SU) operation.
Date of Conference: 5-9 June 2011