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A DoF-Based Link Layer Model for Multi-Hop MIMO Networks

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5 Author(s)
Yi Shi ; Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA ; Jia Liu ; Canming Jiang ; Cunhao Gao
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The rapid advances of MIMO to date have mainly stayed at the physical layer. Such fruits have not fully benefited MIMO research at the network layer mainly due to the computational complexity associated with the matrix-based model that MIMO involves. Recently, there have been some efforts to simplify link layer model for MIMO so as to facilitate research at the upper layers. These models only require simple numeric computations on MIMO's degrees-of-freedom (DoFs) to characterize spatial multiplexing (SM) and interference cancellation (IC). Thus, these models are much simpler than the original matrix-based model from the communications world. However, achievable DoF regions of these DoF-based models are not analyzed. In this paper, we re-visit this important problem of MIMO modeling. Based on accounting of how DoFs are consumed for SM and IC, we develop a tractable link layer model for multi-hop MIMO networks. We show that under common assumptions of DoF-based models and additional assumption of no dependency cycle, this model includes all the feasible solutions by the matrix-based model under SM and IC for any network topology. This work offers an important building block for theoretical research on multi-hop MIMO networks.

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IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 7 )