Scalable coordinated beamforming for dense wireless cooperative networks

Yuanming Shi, Jun Zhang, Khaled B. Letaief

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To meet the ever growing demand for both high throughput and uniform coverage in future wireless networks, dense network deployment will be ubiquitous, for which cooperation among the access points is critical. Considering the computational complexity of designing coordinated beamformers for dense networks, low-complexity and suboptimal precoding strategies are often adopted. However, it is not clear how much performance loss will be caused. To enable optimal coordinated beamforming, in this paper, we propose a framework to design a scalable beamforming algorithm based on the alternative direction method of multipliers (ADMM). Specifically, we first propose to apply the matrix stuffing technique to transform the original optimization problem to an equivalent ADMM-compliant problem, which is much more efficient than the widely-used modeling framework CVX. We will then propose to use the ADMM algorithm, a.k.a. the operator splitting method, to solve the transformed ADMM-compliant problem efficiently. In particular, the subproblems of the ADMM algorithm at each iteration can be solved with closed-forms and in parallel. Simulation results show that the proposed techniques can result in significant computational efficiency compared to the state-of-the-art interior-point solvers. Furthermore, the simulation results demonstrate that the optimal coordinated beamforming can significantly improve the system performance compared to sub-optimal zero forcing beamforming.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479935116
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2014 - Austin, United States
Duration: 8 Dec 201412 Dec 2014

Publication series

Name2014 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2014


Conference2014 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Communication

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