Optimizing Massive MIMO : Precoder Design and Power Allocation

Sammanfattning: The past decades have seen a rapid growth of mobile data traffic,both in terms of connected devices and data rate. To satisfy the evergrowing data traffic demand in wireless communication systems, thecurrent cellular systems have to be redesigned to increase both spectralefficiency and energy efficiency. Massive MIMO(Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output) is one solution that satisfy bothrequirements. In massive MIMO systems, hundreds of antennas areemployed at the base station to provide service to many users at thesame time and frequency. This enables the system to serve the userswith uniformly good quality of service simultaneously, with low-costhardware and without using extra bandwidth and energy. To achievethis, proper resource allocation is needed. Among the availableresources, transmit power beamforming are the most important degrees offreedom to control the spectral efficiency and energy efficiency. Dueto the use of excessive number of antennas and low-end hardware at thebase station, new aspects of power allocation and beamforming compared to currentsystems arises.In the first part of the thesis, new uplink power allocation schemes that based on long term channel statistics isproposed. Since quality of the channel estimates is crucial in massive MIMO, in addition to data power allocation, joint power allocationthat includes the pilot power as additional variable should be considered. Therefore a new framework for power allocation thatmatches practical systems is developed, as the methods developed in the literature cannot be applied directly to massive MIMO systems. Simulation results confirm the advantages brought by the the proposed new framework.In the second part, we introduces a new approach to solve the joint precoding and power allocation for different objective in downlink scenarios by a combination of random matrix theory and optimization theory. The new approach results in a simplified problem that, though non-convex, obeys a simple separable structure. Simulation results showed that the proposed scheme provides large gains over heuristic solutions when the number of users in the cell is large, which is suitable for applying in massive MIMO systems.In the third part we investigate the effects of using low-end amplifiers at the basestations. The non-linear behavior of power consumption in these amplifiers changes the power consumption model at the basestation, thereby changes the power allocation and beamforming design. Different scenarios are investigated and resultsshow that a certain number of antennas can be turned off in some scenarios.In the last part we consider the use of non-orthogonal-multiple-access (NOMA) inside massive MIMO systems in practical scenarios where channel state information (CSI) is acquired through pilot signaling. Achievable rate analysis is carried out for different pilot signaling schemes including both uplink and downlink pilots. Numerical results show that when downlink CSI is available at the users, our proposed NOMA scheme outperforms orthogonal schemes. However with more groups of users present in the cell, it is preferable to use multi-user beamforming in stead of NOMA.

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