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Multicell cooperative transmission based on unitary spacetime modulation
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networkingvolume 2012, Article number: 251 (2012)
Abstract
As a noncoherent transmission scheme that does not require channel state information at both transmitters and receivers, unitary spacetime modulation is a promising technique that can be applied in high mobility scenario where the fading coefficients are changing too fast to be tracked and estimated. This article proposes a multicell cooperative transmission scheme based on unitary spacetime modulation. Each cooperative basestation transmits an individual unitary signal from the common constellation set to the mobile unit which is located at the cell edge and suffers from severe intercell interference. Compared with traditional unitary spacetime modulation, cooperation among multicells not only eliminates the intercell cochannel interference but also increases the transmission rate by expanding the constellation size. Performance of error probability is analyzed for the proposed scenario with maximumlikelihood decoding, in which the exact pairwise error probability is derived. Additionally, constellation optimization for cooperative transmission is also discussed to achieve the balance between transmission efficiency and reliability. Simulation results are provided to confirm the effectiveness of the proposed scheme in both blockfading channels and fastfading channels.
Introduction
At present, the development of highspeed railway has put forward higher requirements for the wireless communication systems. The latest fourgeneration (4G) standard allows for a cellular mobile unit moving at speeds up to 350 km/h [1]. Increasing commercial demand for broadband wireless communication to provide information and onboard entertainment services in the highspeed vehicles indicates that the network architecture, hardware devices and software algorithms should adapt to such super highspeed.
One major challenge of communications in high speed scenario is the timeselectivity caused by Doppler shifts or Doppler spread. Channel estimation becomes unrealistic in such timevariant channels, resulting the many of the current coherent reception techniques degrade in performance or even fail to work [2–4]. In 2000, Hochwald and Marzetta [5] investigate the capacity of Rayleigh flatfading channels where neither the transmitter nor the receiver knows the channel state information (CSI) and propose a spacetime modulation scheme. The constellation of proposed scheme consists of a set of unitary matrices, hence, the name unitary spacetime modulation. Following the similar philosophy, Hochwald and Sweldens [6] and Hughes [7] present differential unitary spacetime modulation, which is an extension of differential phaseshift keying (DPSK). All these studies are based on the assumption that channelfading coefficients are constant over an entire block of T temporal samples, however, a number of following studies shows that this noncoherent receiving scheme is still effective in the fastfading channels, even when the mobile units are moving at very high speeds [8, 9].
This is the case of single link transmission. In the practical cellular network, all the cells share the same time and frequency channels, leading to the cochannel interference (CCI) which greatly degrades the system performance. In the highspeed scenario, multicell CCI also exists and becomes more serve when the mobile units are moving across the cells or along the border area of the adjacent cells. Multibasestations (BSs) cooperation is believed to be the most effective way to eliminate the intercell CCI [10–12]. However, most of current cooperative transmission schemes assume coherent transmission based on CSI exchange, which is impractical for the highspeed scenario. To avoid CSI exchange, this article proposes a multicell cooperative scenario by employing unitary spacetime modulation, in which not only intercell CCI is eliminated in the fastfading channel without CSI exchanging but also data rate is increased since all the cooperative BSs are transmitting individual data bits simultaneously. Error probability is analyzed in the proposed scenario and exact pairwise error probability (PEP) is derived for the general case, and the special case as well, in which the signals are mutually orthogonal. Based on the PEP results, cooperative constellation optimization is also considered to achieve the balance between the transmission rate and error performance. To the best of our knowledge, the multicell cooperative transmission based on unitary spacetime modulation has not been treated before.
The rest of the article is organized as following: Section “Cooperative transmission based on unitary modulation” presents the system model, signal formulation and maximumlikelihood (ML) receiver for the cooperative transmission based on unitary spacetime modulation. Performance analysis is in Section “Performance analysis” where exact PEP is derived for general case and special case. In Section “Cooperative constellation optimization”, the cooperative constellation optimization is discussed. Simulation results are provided in Section “Simulation results”. Section “Conclusion” concludes the article.
Cooperative transmission based on unitary modulation
System model
Consider a cellular network consisting of K BSs, denoted as B S_{1} ∼ B S_{ K } and each equipped with M antennas. A mobile unit configured with N antennas is moving at a very high speed in the celledge area. Suppose that signals are transmitted in blocks of T successive symbols and each cooperative BS is transmitting an individual signal to the mobile unit. The channels are assumed to be Rayleigh flatfading and constant within one block in the signal formulation, however in the simulation we also evaluate the realtime channels in which the fading coefficients are changing as a function of time. Channels from the k th cooperative BS to the mobile unit are denoted by a M × N matrix H_{ k } and all the elements within H_{ k }are assumed to be independently complex Gaussian distributed with zeros mean and variance of ${\sigma}_{k}^{2}$. Obviously, ${\sigma}_{k}^{2}$ corresponds to the average power level of the link from the k th BS to mobile unit influenced by the largescale fading. A typical example of the system is depicted in Figure 1, in which two cooperative BSs are involved. The benefits of the cooperation are straightforward to be seen from Figure 1: the link from B S_{2} which used to be interference link in the noncooperative mode turns to be the desired link, not only eliminating the intercell CCI but also increasing the transmission rate.
Signal formulation
According to the system model mentioned above, for any block time, the received signals in baseband form can be represented by
where S_{ k } (T × M) is the signal from the k th cooperative BS, W(T × N) is the additive noise observed at the receiver and follows independently complex Gaussian distributed with zeros mean and unit variance, and ρ represents the signaltonoise ratio (SNR).
Conditioned on transmitted symbol S_{ k }k = 1,2,…,K, the received signal X(T × N) has independent and identically distributed columns (across the N receiving antennas) [5]. At a particular antenna, the T received symbols are zeromean symmetric complex Gaussian, with T × T covariance matrix
where I_{ T } is the T × T identity matrix and A^{†} represents the conjugate transpose of A.
Then the conditional probability density of the received signals is calculated as
where tr{·} denotes the trace function. Equation (3) provides a basis to design the ML receiver.
ML receiver
We now consider the ML noncoherent reception of multicell unitary spacetime modulated signals. Suppose the signals transmitted by different cooperative BSs are from the same constellation set $\mathcal{S}$, named root constellation set, which consists of L signals, i.e.
in which Φ_{ l },∀l, are T × M unitary matrices satisfying ${\mathit{\Phi}}_{l}^{\u2020}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{l}=\mathbf{I}$ and the scaling factor ensures that the transmitted signals meet the energy constraint so that $\frac{1}{M}E\left[{\Sigma}_{m=1}^{M}\right{\mathbf{S}}_{k}{}^{2}]=1$. By cooperative transmission, each cooperative BS sends an individual signal which is residing in the root constellation, thus the K transmitted signals are actually the permutation and combination of the L signals from the root constellation, which forms the cooperative constellation with the size of L^{K}, denoted as $\mathcal{C}$. Assume the multicell transmission signal is denoted by $\Omega =\{{\mathbf{S}}_{1},{\mathbf{S}}_{2},\dots ,{\mathbf{S}}_{K}\}\in \mathcal{C}$, then to perform the ML receiver, (3) is to be maximized and ML decoding becomes
which is optimal in the sense of ML receiver.
Performance analysis
The probability of decoding error for the multicell cooperative signals is analyzed in this section. The multicell signals within the cooperative constellation are no longer unitary, resulting in the more complicated PEP analysis compared with traditional unitary spacetime modulation. The general case is firstly discussed, followed by the special case in which the unitary signals within the constellation set are mutually orthogonal. Pairwise errors are categorized into three error patterns for the special case, which provides a baseline for the constellation optimization discussed in Section “Cooperative constellation optimization”.
General case
Consider the case that the transmit signals from K cooperative BSs are {S_{1},…,S_{ K }} while the detected signals are $\{{\stackrel{~}{\mathbf{S}}}_{1},\dots ,{\stackrel{~}{\mathbf{S}}}_{K}\}$. The error probability is
where $\stackrel{~}{\Delta}={det}^{N}({\mathbf{I}}_{T}+\rho /M\sum _{k=1}^{K}{\sigma}_{k}^{2}{\stackrel{~}{\mathbf{S}}}_{k}{\stackrel{~}{\mathbf{S}}}_{k}^{\u2020})$ and $\Delta ={det}^{N}({\mathbf{I}}_{T}+\rho /M\sum _{k=1}^{K}{\sigma}_{k}^{2}{\mathbf{S}}_{k}{\mathbf{S}}_{k}^{\u2020})$. Due to the property of unitary matrices, $\sum _{k=1}^{K}{\sigma}_{k}^{2}{\mathbf{S}}_{k}{\mathbf{S}}_{k}^{\u2020}$ and $\sum _{k=1}^{K}{\sigma}_{k}^{2}{\stackrel{~}{\mathbf{S}}}_{k}{\stackrel{~}{\mathbf{S}}}_{k}^{\u2020}$ can be decomposed as following
where both U and $\stackrel{~}{\mathbf{U}}$ are unitary matrices, both Σ and $\stackrel{~}{\mathbf{\Sigma}}$ are diagonal matrices. By taking (7) into (6) and invoking the matrix inversion lemma, (6) is written as
where κ is defined as $\mathrm{tr}\left\{{\mathbf{X}}^{\u2020}\right[\stackrel{~}{\mathbf{U}}{({\stackrel{~}{\mathbf{\Sigma}}}^{1}+\rho /M{\mathbf{I}}_{T})}^{1}{\stackrel{~}{\mathbf{U}}}^{\u2020}\mathbf{U}{({\mathbf{\Sigma}}^{1}+\rho /M{\mathbf{I}}_{T})}^{1}{\mathbf{U}}^{\u2020}\left]\mathbf{X}\right\}$. By using the vector notation, κ can be further written as [13]
where $\mathbf{D}={({\mathbf{\Sigma}}^{1}+\rho /M{\mathbf{I}}_{T})}^{1}$ and $\stackrel{~}{\mathbf{D}}={({\stackrel{~}{\mathit{\Sigma}}}^{1}+\rho /M{\mathbf{I}}_{T})}^{1}$, ⊗ denotes the Kronecker product of two matrices, vec(X) is obtained by stacking the columns of X in the order from the first one to the last. According to (2) and (7), it is obvious that the covariance matrix of vec(X) is calculated as
Equation (8) can be determined by resorting to the characteristic function (CHF) of κ. Given that κ is a quadratic form in Gaussian vector vec(X), it is straightforward to obtain its CHF as
where r_{1},r_{2},…,r_{ K } are the eigenvalues of the matrix of D_{ X }R_{ X }and ${\mathbf{D}}_{\mathbf{X}}=({\mathbf{I}}_{T}\otimes \stackrel{~}{\mathbf{U}})({\mathbf{I}}_{T}\otimes \stackrel{~}{\mathbf{D}}){({\mathbf{I}}_{T}\otimes \stackrel{~}{\mathbf{U}})}^{\u2020}({\mathbf{I}}_{T}\otimes \mathbf{U})({\mathbf{I}}_{T}\otimes \mathbf{D}){({\mathbf{I}}_{T}\otimes \mathbf{U})}^{\u2020}$. Consequently, the PEP for the general case is calculated as
Special case
It is seen from (12) that the PEP expression for the general case is very complicated and not straightforward. Here, we extend the results to the special case, in which all the signals within the root constellation are mutually orthogonal to each other, i.e. ${\mathit{\Phi}}_{i}^{\u2020}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{j}=0,\forall i\ne j$. Twocell cooperation with the root constellation size of 2 is considered as a typical example, in which the cooperative constellation generated from the root constellation is shown in Table 1. It can be easily extended to the scenarios with more cooperative cells or larger size of root constellation. To analyze the PEP, signal pairs are categorized into three patterns according to their different analysis methods, as shown in Table 2. The detailed PEP analysis will be derived based on different pairwise error patterns, respectively.
Pairwise error Pattern I
PatternI includes the pair of $\{\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{1},\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{1}\}$ and $\{\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{2},\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{2}\}$, indicating that both BSs transmit the same signals and detected signals are also the same. In this case, the D_{ X }R_{ X } in (11) can be calculated as
Due to the orthogonal properties of the Φ_{1} and Φ_{2}, the matrix D_{ X }R_{ X } has 2MN eigenvalues, MN of which are $\frac{\mathrm{\rho T}({\sigma}_{1}^{2}+{\sigma}_{2}^{2})/M}{1+\mathrm{\rho T}({\sigma}_{1}^{2}+{\sigma}_{2}^{2})/M}$ and the rest MN are $\mathrm{\rho T}({\sigma}_{1}^{2}+{\sigma}_{2}^{2})/M$. According to (12), the PEP of this error pattern is
In the case of M = N = 1, (14) can be further simplified as
Pairwise error Pattern II
The pair falling into this pattern are the signals of $\{\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{1},\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{2}\}$ and $\{\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{2},\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{1}\}$. These two signals consist of the same root signals, but in different orders. The D_{ X }R_{ X } in (11) can be calculated as
which also has 2MN eigenvalues, MN of which are $\frac{\mathrm{\rho T}({\sigma}_{1}^{2}{\sigma}_{2}^{2})}{M+\mathrm{\rho T}{\sigma}_{2}^{2}}$ and MN are $\frac{\mathrm{\rho T}({\sigma}_{2}^{2}{\sigma}_{1}^{2})}{M+\mathrm{\rho T}{\sigma}_{2}^{2}}$. Without loss of generality, assume ${\sigma}_{1}^{2}\ge {\sigma}_{2}^{2}$, therefore, the PEP of this error pattern is
In the case of M = N = 1, Equation (17) can be further simplified as
This is under the assumption of ${\sigma}_{2}^{2}\ge {\sigma}_{1}^{2}$. Similarly, in the case of ${\sigma}_{1}^{2}\ge {\sigma}_{2}^{2}$, the PEP becomes
Pairwise error Pattern III
Consider the case that $\{\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{1},\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{1}\}$ is transmitted when $\{\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{1},\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{2}\}$ is detected. The D_{ X }R_{ X }in (11) can be calculated as
whose eigenvalues consist of MN of $\frac{\mathrm{\rho T}{\sigma}_{2}^{2}}{M+\mathrm{\rho T}{\sigma}_{2}^{2}}$ and MN of $\frac{\mathrm{\rho T}{\sigma}_{2}^{2}}{M+\mathrm{\rho T}{\sigma}_{1}^{2}}$. Consequently, the PEP of this error pattern is
For the special case that M = N = 1, (21) can be simplified as
Unlike the signal pairs of previous two patterns, the error probability when $\{\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{1},\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{2}\}$ is transmitted but $\{\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{1},\sqrt{T}{\mathit{\Phi}}_{1}\}$ is received is not the same as (22) due to the asymmetrical structure of these two signals. However, following the same steps, the PEP for this case when M = N = 1 is calculated as
Cooperative constellation optimization
For any types of modulation, the transmission rate R is determined by the constellation size Z in $R=\underset{2}{log}Z$. Compared with the root constellation,the size of cooperative constellation increases from Z = L to Z = L^{K}, leading to the increase of transmission rate. However, as it is well known, efficiency and reliability are two sides of the communication, which are hardly to obtain simultaneously. Increase in constellation size may result in the closer Euclidean distance among signals, which degrades the transmission reliability. In this section, we will discuss the cooperative constellation optimization problem to achieve the balance between the transmission rate and symbolerror rate (SER) performance. General speaking, some of the signals, which cause high error probability or even detection failure, will be removed from the signal constellation. For the ideal case, the goal of the optimization is to minimize the overall SER given any target transmission rate fulfilled. In other words, following optimization problem should be solved
where Ps denotes the SER, $\widehat{Z}$ is the target constellation size and · is the cardinality of a set. To solve this problem, one solution is the exhausting searching by testing all the subsets and looking for the optimal one. However, it can be computationally cumbersome when $\left\mathcal{C}\right$ goes large. Actually, based on the error probability analysis in Section “Performance analysis”, some simple methods can be followed in the twocell cooperation. Consider the special case and assume M = N = 1, from the PEP equation in previous section, it is easy to identify that PEP is highest in the error PatternII, and the lowest in error PatternI, which can be further confirmed in Figure 2. This indicates the order of signal discarding in the process of the constellation optimization: to avoid PatternII error takes first priority, then the error PatternIII and finally error PatternI. Table 3 gives an example of signal optimization based on the cooperative constellation presented in Table 1, when the target constellation sizes Z are set to 3 and 2, respectively. In this example, it is obvious to see when Z = 3 the PatternII pairwise error is prevented and when Z = 2 both PatternsII and III pairwise errors are prevented.
After the optimization, the SER performance may be upperbounded in terms of PEP through the union bound [14]
Simulation results
In the section, the performance of the cooperative transmission based on unitary spacetime modulation will be evaluated by using Monte Carlo simulations. Different channel models are considered with respect to the speeds of the mobile unit, as well as the different symbol periods. For the root constellation construction, only the signals which are mutually orthogonal will be selected.
Blockconstant channels are first considered, which provides the lower bounds in terms of SER performance. Assume twocell cooperation in which M = N = 1 and T = 2. Figure 3 shows the results in the scenario where the link average power from two cooperative BSs to the mobile unit are asymmetrical, i.e. ${\sigma}_{1}^{2}=1,{\sigma}_{2}^{2}=0.32$, corresponding to 0 and −5 dB of average power, respectively. In comparison, the traditional unitary spacetime modulation without cooperation is also simulated. For this noncooperative transmission, B S_{1} works as the serving BS and B S_{2} is the neighbor BS which causes intercell CCI to the mobile unit. It is seen from Figure 3 that without cooperation, CCI becomes the dominant factor restricting the SER performance instead of AWGN, leading to an error floor in the SERversusSNR curve. Meanwhile, the cooperative transmission without optimization also exhibits an error floor in high SNR region. This can be explained by the fact that for the error PatternII the PEP in (18) and (19) converges to certain constant instead of zero when SNR ρ goes to infinite. Cooperative transmission with constellation optimization shows great advantage in SER performance, and 10dB gain can be achieved by further reducing constellation size Z from 3 to 2. Besides the simulation results, the SER union bounds computed from (25) are also plotted in Figure 3, in which it is seen that the simulated SER are wellbounded by the SER union bounds. When the link power levels from the two cooperative BSs are equal, i.e. ${\sigma}_{1}^{2}={\sigma}_{2}^{2}=1$, same simulation is performed as the results shown in Figure 4. Noncooperative case degrades in performance and has even worse error floor due to the increase level of CCI. On the contrast, the SER performance with optimized cooperation improves by small degrees since both BSs transmits desired signals instead of interference. Figure 5 provides the SER results in terms of the constellation size Z, in which the symbol period T increases to 5 and SNR ρ is set to 25 dB. As expected, in Figure 5 the SER performance degrades as the constellation size Z increases. Two critical points happen when Z = 5 and Z = 15, in which the PatternIII and PatternII errors are involved respectively, leading to the sharp increasing of SER.
The fast fading channels are considered next. According to the Jakes model [15], the autocorrelation function of the fading coefficients in wireless channels can be represented by the 0thorder Bessel function of the first kind, i.e. J_{0}(2Π f_{ d }T_{ s }t), where T_{ s } is the chip interval and f_{ d }corresponds to the maximum Doppler shift which can be further denoted by the carrier wavelength λ and velocity v as ${f}_{d}=\frac{v}{\lambda}$. During the simulation, the carrier frequency and chip rate are set to 2,400 MHz and 100 kBd, respectively. SERversusSNR curves are plotted in Figure 6, where the velocity of the mobile unit is assumed to be 400 km/h resulting in the correlation of 0.9992 between two chips within one symbol when T = 2 and 0.9876 between the first and last chips when T = 5, respectively. As comparison, the results under blockconstant channels are also plotted. From Figure 6, it is seen the SER performance almost shows no difference as in blockconstant channels when T = 2, when T = 5, the SER complies with the blockconstant channels at the low SNR region, however, exhibits an error floor when ρ increases to 30 dB. Figure 7 plots the SER curves as a function of velocity in the case of ρ = 25 dB. When T = 2, the SER performance remains the same level even when the speed increases to 1,000 km/h, and in the case of T = 5, SER also rises modestly until v>600 km/h.
We also extend the proposed scheme to the doublyselective channels, in which the unitary spacetime modulation can work as the unitary spacefrequency modulation by utilizing orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) [16]. In the simulation, the carrier frequency and velocity of the mobile unit are still assumed to be 2,400 MHz and 400 km/h, respectively. OFDM with 2048 subcarriers is exploited and the symbol duration T_{ s } is assumed to be 0.5/7 ms, which complies with the frame structure of long term evolution (LTE) [17]. Figure 8 provides the SERversusSNR curves, in which it is seen that the proposed scheme is still effective under the doublyselective channels, though suffering from the error floor at the high SNR region which can be explained by the fact that time selectivity causes intercarrierinterference (ICI) which restricts SER performance at the highSNR region. Besides, more receiving antennas lead to more reliable reception, which can be confirmed from PEP expression that larger diversity gain can be achieved when more receiving antennas are involved.
Conclusion
This article proposed a multicell cooperative transmission scheme based on unitary spacetime modulation. Each cooperative BS sends an individual signal to a common mobile unit therefore the intercell CCI is eliminated and the data transmission rate increases as well. Error probability for the proposed transmission scheme is analyzed. Based on the PEP analysis, cooperative constellation optimization is presented, in which by selecting the proper constellation subset, the overall SER is reduced. Simulation results confirm the effectiveness of the proposed transmission scheme in both blockconstant channels, fast fading channels and doublyselective channels.
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This work was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program No. 2012CB316100), the NSFC (No. 61032002 & No. 60872014) and the 111 project (No. 111214).
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Keywords
 Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex
 Channel State Information
 Cooperative Transmission
 Mobile Unit
 Error Floor