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Optimal Multiuser Zero Forcing with Per-Antenna Power Constraints for Network MIMO Coordination

EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20112011:190461

Received: 31 October 2010

Accepted: 12 February 2011

Published: 10 March 2011


We consider a multicell multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) coordinated downlink transmission, also known as network MIMO, under per-antenna power constraints. We investigate a simple multiuser zero-forcing (ZF) linear precoding technique known as block diagonalization (BD) for network MIMO. The optimal form of BD with per-antenna power constraints is proposed. It involves a novel approach of optimizing the precoding matrices over the entire null space of other users' transmissions. An iterative gradient descent method is derived by solving the dual of the throughput maximization problem, which finds the optimal precoding matrices globally and efficiently. The comprehensive simulations illustrate several network MIMO coordination advantages when the optimal BD scheme is used. Its achievable throughput is compared with the capacity region obtained through the recently established duality concept under per-antenna power constraints.

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Authors’ Affiliations

Electrical & Computer Engineeering, University of Alberta, and TRLabs


© Saeed Kaviani and Witold A. Krzymień. 2011

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