Scheduling for Backhaul Load Reduction in CoMP
Paper i proceeding, 2013
Coordinated multi-point (CoMP) transmission has received a lot of attention, as a way to improve the system throughput in an interference limited cellular system. For joint processing in CoMP, the user equipments (UEs) need to feed back the channel state information (CSI), typically to their serving base stations (BSs). The BS forwards the CSI to a central coordination node (CCN) for precoding. These precoding weights need to be forwarded from the CCN to the corresponding BSs to serve the UEs. In this work, a feedback load reduction technique is employed via partial joint processing to alleviate the CSI feedback overhead. Similarly, to achieve backhaul load reduction due to the precoding weights, scheduling approaches are proposed. The state of the art block diagonalization solution is compared with our proposed constrained and unconstrained scheduling. Our main contribution is the method of choosing the best subset of the BSs and UEs at the CCN that yields the best sum rate under the constraint of efficient backhaul use. In particular, with constrained scheduling, the choice of a smaller subset proportionally reduces the backhaul load. Simulation results based on a frequency selective WINNER II channel model, show that our proposed constrained scheduling outperforms the block diagonalization approach in terms of the average sum rate per backhaul use.
Backhaul Load Reduction
Partial Joint Processing