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Reduced feedback selective cluster index scheduling with user pre-selection for next-generation multi-input multi-output orthogonal frequency division multiple access system

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853 - 863
Number of pages11
JournalIET Communications
Journal issue6
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2011


The joint use of opportunistic scheduling and orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) provide significant gains in environments of low mobility and scatter for which channel variations are low. The downside of opportunistic scheduling in multicarrier systems such as OFDMA, lies in the substantial uplink overhead required to feed back by the mobile stations (MSs) describing users' instantaneous link conditions. This study presents a novel approach towards multicarrier opportunistic scheduling for a multi-input multi-output configuration that promises major overhead reductions with only minor degradations on downlink throughput performance. The conventional channel quality indicator, in the form of instantaneous signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is replaced by an alternative metric, in the form of the strongest cluster indices of each MS, which imposes a significantly reduced overhead. This study examines the performance of the proposes metric for random beamforming and examines the benefits in terms of throughput and feedback overhead over existing schemes. The results show that the proposed scheduling approach maintains performance within 1 dB of a full SNR based feedback scheme, while achieving feedback overhead reduction up to a factor of 24 and also providing improved fairness among users experiencing different channel gain levels.

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Publisher: IET Rose publication type: Journal article Sponsorship: The authors wish to acknowledge the financial support of Toshiba Research Europe Limited (TREL) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Terms of use: This paper is a postprint of a paper submitted to and accepted for publication in IET Communications journal and is subject to Institution of Engineering and Technology Copyright. The copy of record is available at IET Digital Library

    Research areas

  • multiuser diversity, channel quality information, scheduling

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