Quasi-Static Multiple-Antenna Fading Channels at Finite Blocklength
Journal article, 2014

This paper investigates the maximal achievable rate for a given blocklength and error probability over quasi-static multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) fading channels, with and without channel state information (CSI) at the transmitter and/or the receiver. The principal finding is that outage capacity, despite being an asymptotic quantity, is a sharp proxy for the finite-blocklength fundamental limits of slow-fading channels. Specifically, the channel dispersion is shown to be zero regardless of whether the fading realizations are available at both transmitter and receiver, at only one of them, or at neither of them. These results follow from analytically tractable converse and achievability bounds. Numerical evaluation of these bounds verifies that zero dispersion may indeed imply fast convergence to the outage capacity as the blocklength increases. In the example of a particular $1\times2$ single-input multiple-output (SIMO) Rician fading channel, the blocklength required to achieve $90\%$ of capacity is about an order of magnitude smaller compared to the blocklength required for an AWGN channel with the same capacity. For this specific scenario, the coding/decoding schemes adopted in the LTE-Advanced standard are benchmarked against the finite-blocklength achievability and converse bounds.


Wei Yang

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Communication, Antennas and Optical Networks

Giuseppe Durisi

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Communication, Antennas and Optical Networks

Tobias Koch

Yury Polyanskiy

IEEE Transactions on Information Theory

0018-9448 (ISSN) 1557-9654 (eISSN)

Vol. 60 7 4232-4265 6802432

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Information and Communication Technology

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