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Selfinterference suppression with imperfect channel estimation in a sharedantenna fullduplex massive MUMIMO system
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking volume 2017, Article number: 18 (2017)
Abstract
In this paper, we consider a sharedantenna fullduplex massive MUMIMO system and prove that the selfinterference (SI) at the base station (BS) can be suppressed, though the directpath SI exists and the signal/SI channel is imperfectly estimated. The BS is assumed to employ zeroforcing (ZF) or maximalratio transmission/maximalratio combining (MRT/MRC) method to linearly process signals. We propose a precoded SI channel training scheme by employing orthogonal sequences and downlink precoding, so the SI channel can be estimated like the signal channel with a much lower dimension. Based on the channel estimation, we further analyze the SI suppression by combining the SI removal and the largescale antenna linear processing (LALP) method. Numerical results show that an additional 36 dB SI can be suppressed by combining the SI removal and the LALP suppression. We derive the tight closedform lower bounds of the achievable rates for the combined suppression. Finally, we maximize the system spectral efficiency and energy efficiency based on the simulation and closedform approximations.
1 Introduction
Massive multipleinput multipleoutput (MIMO) and inband fullduplex (IBFD) techniques have attracted intensive research interest because they can be used for broadband green communications [1–8]. IBFD can realize simultaneous bidirectional (uplink and downlink) data transmissions using the same timefrequency resource. Massive MIMO system exploits a large number of antennas at the transmitter to focus the energy into a narrow beam to improve the signal strength and mitigate interference. Both techniques are promising to meet the evergrowing requirements of wireless data transmissions, but bring some design variations over the physical or higher layers [9–17].
The massive MIMO technique can significantly improve the spectral efficiency (SE) and energy efficiency (EE) while keeping a lower transmit power for both uplink and downlink [15, 18–20] by mitigating the detrimental effects of smallscale fading, noise, and interference [4]. With more antennas equipped, the signal processing becomes much easier than the traditional MIMO system [4, 19]. The massive MIMO system usually operates with timedivision duplexing (TDD) rather than frequencydivision duplexing (FDD). In the FDD system, channel state information (CSI) should be acquired by the feedback, and much overhead will be introduced with the increase of antennaarray scale [15], thus the antenna grouping and CSI compression techniques were studied to reduce the estimation overhead [16, 17]. While in the TDD system, channel reciprocity can be considered to reduce the overhead, as the downlink CSI can be acquired by the base station (BS) through the uplink training [18, 21].
The fullduplex (FD) technique can potentially double the spectral efficiency, but it faces the problem of selfinterference (SI), which refers to transmitted signals that can be directly or indirectly received by its own receivers. Recently, much effort has been made to suppress SI [22–25]. Riihonen et al. designed natural isolation, timedomain cancellation, and spatial SI suppression schemes [22]. Everett et al. proposed to exploit the antenna directional isolation and crosspolarization to suppress the SI in the wireless propagation domain [23]. Bharadia et al. proposed analog circuit domain cancellation methods that can keep a copy of the transmitted signal and subtract it from the received signal [24]. An analoganddigital hybrid SI cancellation method has been developed by Duarte et al. and can provide approximately 85 dB interference suppression [25]. Recently, Ngo et al. proposed the loop interference cancellation technique in a separateantenna relay system, where the SI can be suppressed with a largescale antenna linear processing (LALP) method in a random reflectedpath SI environment [26].
Sabharwal et al. discussed two methods of interfacing antennas to an IBFD wireless system: (i) separateantenna FD and (ii) sharedantenna FD [1]. In the sharedantenna model, a bidirection circulator is used to transmit and receive signals without modifying many architecture standards, thus the RF hardwares such as antenna, RF cable and filters can be saved [2]. At the same time, the nonlinearities of the RF hardware, for example the circulators and amplifiers, introduce weak nonlinear distortions in such systems.
In this paper, we consider a sharedantenna FD massive multiuser MIMO (MUMIMO) system. In our system, a BS is equipped with a single antenna array, and it serves multiple users, each with a single antenna. Like [2], we ignore the nonlinearities introduced by the RF hardware, and focus on the linear processing in this model. A linear processing method, such as zeroforcing (ZF) or maximalratio transmission/maximalratio combining (MRT/MRC), is adopted for the signal precoding and decoding over the FD links. Unlike [26], we discuss a Rician SI channel rather than Rayleigh channel model, the uplink and downlink channels in our model are completely dependent on each other, because the same antenna array is employed for the signal receive and transmission. The perfect channel reciprocity can be used to reduce the estimation overhead. Unlike [27], we consider the channel estimation for both the signal and SI channels in this paper. A precode SI channel training scheme is adopted to estimate the SI channel using the minimum meansquareerror (MMSE) technique. The main contributions of our work are summarized as:

We consider both the nonrandom directpath and the random reflectedpath SI channels in this model. We prove that the Rician SI channel changes into Rayleigh channel when the downlink channel/SI channel is precoded. We also prove that the SI at BS with imperfect channel estimation can be asymptotically suppressed, though the uplinkdownlink channels are totally dependent and the line of sight (LOS) SI exists. It is shown that the capability of LALP suppression is proportional to the square root of the antenna array scale M, which is different from the separateantenna massive MIMO system. Because of the channel reciprocity, the signal channel estimation of the sharedantenna array is reduced by half compared with the separateantenna arrays.

We estimate the SI through the precoded SI channel with MMSE method, which is different from the traditional SI acquisition method. The estimation overhead and the dimension of pilots can be greatly suppressed compared with the direct estimation of the unprecoded SI channel. With the estimated SI, we can further analyze the SI suppression by combining the SI removal and the LALP method. It is shown that an additional 36 dB suppression capability can be achieved through combining the two methods. We also derive the closedform lower bounds of the uplink achievable rates with imperfect CSI. The optimal SE and EE are further studied based on the rate lower bounds.
The rest of this paper is organized as follows. The system model is described in Section 2. Section 3 studies the SI suppression and the uplink achievable rates. Section 4 analyzes the SE and EE. Numerical results and conclusions are presented in Section 5 and Section 6, respectively.
Notations: The boldface upper and lowercase letters represent matrices and vectors, respectively. The superscripts [·]^{∗},[·]^{T}, and [·]^{H} stand for conjugate, transpose, and Hermitian transpose of matrices or vectors, respectively. The mathematical expectation is denoted as \(\mathbb {E}\{\cdot \}\). ∥·∥ and represents the Euclidean norm. The (i,j)th entry of a matrix is denoted as [·]_{ ij }. The trace of a square matrix is denoted as tr(·). The \(\overset {a.s.}\longrightarrow \) represents almost sure convergence. u _{ n }=o(v _{ n }) and u _{ n }=O(v _{ n }) denote that there exists a constant C, such that u _{ n }=C v _{ n } and u _{ n }≤C v _{ n }, ∀n, respectively.
2 System model
As shown in Fig. 1, we consider the uplink of a sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system, where a BS is equipped with M antennas and serves K users, each with a single antenna. Like the separateantenna fullduplex system [23, 25], physical isolation can be adopted between the BS antennas to avoid frontend saturation at the receiver, and active analog SI cancellation is used to suppress the SI before the baseband signal processing. We assume that M is much larger than K, i.e., M≫K. Both the BS and the users are working in the FD mode, i.e., they can transmit and receive signals using the same timefrequency resource. Therefore, the M×1 uplink received signal at the BS is given as
where the first term represents the desired signal, and the second term represents the SI from the downlink transmission. G is the M×K channel matrix between the K users and the BS; x _{u} denotes the symbols transmitted by the K users with unit power \(\mathbb {E}\{{\boldsymbol {x}_{\mathrm {u}}\boldsymbol {x}{_{\mathrm {u}}^{H}}}\}=\boldsymbol {I}_{K}, p_{\mathrm {u}}\) is the transmit power of each user; G _{s} is the M×M SI channel matrix between the BS transceivers; s is the downlink precoded signal transmitted to the K users with unit power \(\mathbb {E}\{{\boldsymbol {s}^{H}\boldsymbol {s}}\}=1; p_{\mathrm {d}}\) is the downlink transmit power; and n represents the additive noise with zero mean and unit variance.
2.1 Channel model
The channel matrix G models the smallscale Rayleigh fading and the largescale pathloss, so we have
where H is the M×K matrix with i.i.d entries [4], representing the smallscale fading between the K users and the BS, and the entry h _{ mk } is a circular symmetric complex Gaussian (CSCG) random variable with zero mean and unit variance, i.e., \(h_{mk}\sim \mathcal {CN}(0,1)\); D is a K×K diagonal matrix of the largescale pathloss with [D]_{ kk }=β _{ k }.
Since the physical isolation and active analog SI cancellation are performed preliminarily, it is reasonable to assume that the SI can be suppressed greatly [26, 28]. The magnitude of the SI channel can be modeled as Rician distribution with LOS SI [29]. Therefore, we can write the matrix G _{s} as the directpath plus the reflectedpath coefficients, i.e.,
where \({\bar {\boldsymbol {G}}}_{\mathrm {s}}\) is a complex deterministic matrix with \([{\bar {\boldsymbol {G}}}_{\mathrm {s}}]_{mj}=c_{mj}\), which represents the antenna intraleakage and intercoupling coefficients related to the direct path, and \({\tilde {\boldsymbol {G}}}_{\mathrm {s}}\) is a complex random matrix that represents the reflection coefficients related to the reflected path. Similar to channel matrix G, random matrix \({\tilde {\boldsymbol {G}}}_{\mathrm {s}}\) can be expressed as
where \({\tilde {\boldsymbol {H}}}_{\mathrm {s}}\) is an M×M matrix with i.i.d. entries representing the smallscale fading. We suppose \([{\tilde {\boldsymbol {H}}}_{\mathrm {s}}]_{mj}={h}_{\mathrm {s},{mj}}\), where h _{s,m j } is a CSCG random variable with zero mean and unit variance, and \({\tilde {\boldsymbol {D}}}_{\mathrm {s}}\) is an M×M diagonal matrix of the largescale pathloss, where \([{\tilde {\boldsymbol {D}}}_{\mathrm {s}}]_{mm}={\beta }\), namely, all of the SI largescale pathloss coefficients are assumed to be identical. This assumption is reasonable, as the antenna array size is much smaller than the distance to the scatters. If these coefficients are not identical, we can set all the elements of SI channel matrix \({\tilde {\boldsymbol {G}}}_{\mathrm {s}}\) to be the maximum value β _{max}, which represents the worst case, then \(\tilde {\boldsymbol {G}_{s}}\) becomes a matrix with identical largescale fading.
For the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system, if the array scale is large enough and greatly exceeds the number of users, that is M≫K, the column vectors of the signal channel matrix are mutually orthogonal [4], and so do the vectors of the SI channel matrix. We then have
where \(\bar {\boldsymbol {D}}_{s}\) is an M×M deterministic matrix and \(\tilde {\boldsymbol {D}}_{s}\) is an M×M diagonal matrix with \([\tilde {\boldsymbol {D}}_{s}]_{mm} =\beta \). The proofs of (6) and (7) are given in Appendix.
2.2 Channel estimation
Channel estimation is a prerequisite for SI suppression. Commonly, a series of orthogonal training sequences is sent within a period 2τ, which is a small part of the channel coherence time T. The channel training/estimation is performed in halfduplex. Therefore, the M×τ received pilot matrix for the uplink channel and SI channel at the BS can be written as
and
where P _{u} and P _{d} are the transmit powers of pilot sequences for the uplink and downlink, respectively. Suppose that the power of each pilot symbol equals the average power of data transmission, then we have P _{u}=τ p _{u} and P _{d}=τ p _{d};Φ _{u}=Φ _{d} are K×τ matrices whose rows are the pilot sequences for the estimation of the signal channel and SI channel. The pilot matrices satisfy \({\boldsymbol {\Phi }}_{\mathrm {u}}{\boldsymbol {\Phi }}{_{\mathrm {u}}^{H}}={\boldsymbol {\Phi }}_{\mathrm {d}}{\boldsymbol {\Phi }}{_{\mathrm {d}}^{H}} ={\boldsymbol {I}}_{K}\) and τ≥K;A is an M×K precoding matrix, which is used for downlink beamforming and updated from the uplink channel estimation; N and N _{s} are M×τ AWGN matrices with i.i.d \(\mathcal {CN} (0,1)\) entries.
2.2.1 Signal channel estimation
The signal channel is estimated in the first training period τ. Given Y _{u}, the MMSE estimate of G can be written as [26]
where \(\boldsymbol {N}_{\mathrm {u}} \triangleq {\boldsymbol {N}}{\Phi {_{\mathrm {u}}^{H}}}\) and \(\check {\boldsymbol {D}} \triangleq ({1 \over {{\tau p_{\mathrm {u}}}}}{{\boldsymbol {D}}^{1}}+{{\boldsymbol {I}}_{K}})^{1}\). Because \({\boldsymbol {\Phi }}_{\mathrm {u}}{\boldsymbol {\Phi }}{_{\mathrm {u}}^{H}}={\boldsymbol {I}}_{K}\), the entries of N _{u} are i.i.d random variables distributed as \(\mathcal {CN} (0,1)\). Let Δ denote the estimation error of G, then we have
According to the property of statistician’s Pythagorean theorem of the MMSE estimation [30], the estimation error Δ is independent of \(\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}\). Therefore, the kth columns of \(\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}\) and Δ are mutually independent, and the elements of the kth vector are distributed as \(\mathcal {CN}(0,{\hat {\beta }_{k}})\) and \(\mathcal {CN}(0,{\tilde {\beta }_{k}})\), respectively, with \(\hat {\beta }_{k} \triangleq {\tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta {_{k}^{2}}\over {\tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta _{k} + 1}}\) and \(\tilde {\beta }_{k} \triangleq {\beta {_{k}}\over {\tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta _{k} + 1}}\).
Note that the sharedantenna array massive MIMO system has a single array, so the transmit and receive CSI are the same during the coherent time. We only need to estimate the uplink channel, and thus the estimation overhead is reduced by half. This is different from the separateantenna arrays system, where the CSI of the receive and transmit arrays are different, the uplink and downlink CSI have to be estimated separately.
2.2.2 SI channel estimation
The SI channel is estimated in the second training period τ. In fact, it is not necessary to estimate G _{s}, we can estimate the equivalent or precoded SI channel G _{sa} instead, which represents the product of G _{s} and A. The new precoding matrix A can be updated for the SI channel estimation after \(\hat {\boldsymbol {G}} \) is acquired. Because G _{sa} has the same dimension as the uplink channel G, the training pilot length and pilot amount depend on the user number K rather than the number of BS antennas M. Therefore, the dimension of the SI channel estimation can be decreased from M×M to M×K, and thus fewer orthogonal pilot sequences are needed. Note that the proposed training and estimation method is different from the traditional SI acquisition method where the SI is directly estimated with/without pilots [22].
The precoding matrix A is derived from \(\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}\). For a linear precoding scheme such as ZF or MRT, A is given as
where \(\alpha _{\text {ZF}} \triangleq \sqrt {MK\over \sum _{k=1}^{K}{\hat \beta }{_{k}^{1}}}\) and \(\alpha _{\text {MRT}} \triangleq \sqrt {1\over {M\sum _{k=1}^{K}{\hat \beta }{_{k}}}}\) are the normalization factors [26] satisfying \(\mathbb {E}\{{\boldsymbol {s}^{H}\boldsymbol {s}}\}=1\).
Proposition 1
In the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system, the SI equivalent channel G _{sa}=G _{s} A is an M×K complex Gaussian matrix if K is fixed and M→∞. The (m,i)th entry follows the distribution \(\mathcal {CN}\left (0, \rho _{m,i}\right)\), where \(\rho _{m,i}={1\over M^{2}}\alpha _{\text {ZF}}^{2}\hat \beta _{i}^{\!1}\!\sum _{j=1}^{M}\left (\left c_{mj}\right ^{2}\,+\,\beta \right)\) for ZF precoding and \(\rho _{m,i}=\alpha _{\text {MRT}}^{2}\hat \beta _{i}\!\sum _{j=1}^{M}\left (\left c_{mj}\right ^{2}\,+\,\beta \right)\) for MRT precoding, \(\hat \beta _{i} \triangleq {\tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta {_{i}^{2}}\over {\tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta _{i} + 1}}\), i=1,…,K.
Proof.
Please see Appendix. □
From Proposition 1, we can see that the equivalent SI channel is a zeromean complex Gaussian channel, i.e., the Rayleigh channel, even though the SI channel is a Rician channel. Therefore, the precoded SI channel can still be treated as Rayleigh channel. Like the signal channel G, G _{sa} can be estimated by MMSE if Y _{s} is given. Let \(\boldsymbol {\mathcal {E}}\) denote the estimation error matrix of G _{sa}, we then have
the (m,i)th entry of \({\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}}_{\text {sa}}\) and \(\boldsymbol {\mathcal {E}}\) are distributed as \(\mathcal {CN}(0,{\hat {\rho }_{m,i}})\) and \(\mathcal {CN}(0,{\tilde {\rho }_{m,i}})\), respectively, with \(\hat \rho _{m,i} \triangleq {\tau p_{\mathrm {d}}\rho {_{m,i}^{2}}\over {\tau p_{\mathrm {d}}\rho _{m,i} + 1}}\), \(\tilde \rho _{m,i} \triangleq {\rho {_{m,i}}\over {\tau p_{\mathrm {d}}\rho _{m,i} + 1}}\), m=1,...,M, i=1,...,K.
2.3 Uplink decoding under precoded SI
Precoding can be used in the training phase for the SI channel estimation, and it can also be used in the data transmission phase for beamforming, which can help enhance the strength of the desired signal and reduce the interference to others. During the data transmission period, the ZF or MRT scheme is adopted by the BS for the downlink beamforming. Correspondingly, the BS receives the precoded SI from the transmitters, and it uses the ZF or MRC linear processing method for the uplink decoding.
Suppose x _{d} is a K×1 data vector transmitted from the BS to the users with unit power \(\mathbb {E}\{{\boldsymbol {x}_{\mathrm {d}}\boldsymbol {x}{_{\mathrm {d}}^{H}}}\}=\boldsymbol {I}_{K}\), and s=A x _{d}. (1) can be rewritten as
To decode the uplink data of K users, the BS receiver will multiply a linear matrix W ^{T} before y _{BS}, which is a function of the signal channel estimation, i.e.,
With the uplink linear receiver at the BS, the user data can be decoded as
where \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {u}}} \boldsymbol {W}^{T}{\boldsymbol {G}}{\boldsymbol {x}_{\mathrm {u}}}\) is the desired signal, \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {d}}}\boldsymbol {W}^{T} {\boldsymbol {G}_{\mathrm {s}}}\boldsymbol {A} \boldsymbol {x}_{\mathrm {d}}\) is the SI between the BS transceivers, and W ^{T} n is the additive noise.
Further, from (11) and (13), we have
where \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {u}}} \boldsymbol {W}^{T}\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}{\boldsymbol {x}_{\mathrm {u}}}\) is the estimated signal, \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {d}}}\boldsymbol {W}^{T} {\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}_{\text {sa}}}\boldsymbol {x}_{\mathrm {d}}\) is the SI from the estimation, \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {u}}} \boldsymbol {W}^{T}{\boldsymbol {\Delta }}{\boldsymbol {x}_{\mathrm {u}}}\) and \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {d}}}\boldsymbol {W}^{T} \boldsymbol {\mathcal {E}}\boldsymbol {x}_{\mathrm {d}}\) are the estimation errors of the desired signal and SI, respectively.
3 SI suppression and achievable rate
In the massive MIMO system, the white noise and the interuser interference can be eliminated by an LALP method [15, 19, 31]. In this section, we consider the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system and discuss the combined SI suppression based on the estimated channels of signal and SI. We also derive the closedform lower bounds of the uplink achievable rates, which can be used as a system performance metric.
3.1 SI suppression with LALP
In the TDD halfduplex (HD) system, the interferences are asymptotically orthogonal to the subspace spanned by the desired signals when the antennaarray scale M approaches infinity. The desired signal can be recovered by projecting the received signal in a desired subspace with linear processing [19, 26]. In the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system, the asymptotic orthogonality property still holds true. Unlike the separateantenna array system [26], the SI in our model includes the nonrandom directpath interference, and the uplink channel is totally dependent on the downlink channel, as the same antenna array is employed to transmit and receive signals simultaneously.
Theorem 1
In the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system, when the signal and SI channels are not perfectly estimated and ZF or MRT/MRC linear processing is adopted, the SI at the BS will vanish if K is fixed and M→∞.
Proof.
We consider the SI term \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {d}}}\boldsymbol {W}^{T} {\boldsymbol {G}_{\mathrm {s}}}\boldsymbol {A} \boldsymbol {x}_{\mathrm {d}}\) of (16). From (5) and (7), we have \({\boldsymbol {G}^{H}\boldsymbol {G}\over M}=\boldsymbol {D}\) and \(\text {tr}\left (\boldsymbol {G}_{s}\boldsymbol {G}{_{s}^{H}}\right)=O(M^{2})\) when M→∞. According to the properties of MMSE estimation, we know that the estimated channels \(\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}\) and \(\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}_{\text {sa}}\) are independent on the estimation errors Δ and \(\boldsymbol {\mathcal {E}}\), respectively, and they are zeromean complex Gaussian matrices as well. Substituting (12) and (15) into W ^{T} G _{s} A, we have
Note that \(\text {tr}({\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}}^{H} {\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}})=\text {tr}({\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}}^{T} {\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}^{*}})=o(M)\), \(\alpha _{\text {ZF}}=o(\sqrt {M})\) and \(\alpha _{\text {MRT}}=o({1\over \sqrt {M}})\), by using Lemma 13 and 14 in [32], we obtain
and
where \(\hat {\boldsymbol {g}_{i}}\) and \(\hat {\boldsymbol {g}_{j}}\) are the ith and jth column of G, respectively. Thus, we have the SI term of (17)
and
for ZF and MRT/MRC linear processing schemes. □
Remark: In the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system, the decoding matrix W ^{T} and the precoding matrix A in the SI term are totally dependent because of the channel reciprocity between uplink and downlink. This is different from the FD relay massive MIMO system where the sourcerelay and relaydestination channels are independent. According to Lemma 13 in [32] and Theorem 3.7 in [33], the LALP suppression capability is O(1/M ^{1/2}), and it is different from [26] where the LALP suppression capability is O(1/M) for the separateantenna arrays.
Proposition 2
In the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system with imperfect channel estimation, if K is fixed and M→∞, the decoded uplink signal vector at the BS is
for the ZF precoding and decoding and
for the MRT/MRC precoding and decoding, where \([\hat {\boldsymbol {D}}]_{kk}=\hat \beta _{k}\) and \(\hat \beta _{k} \triangleq {\tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta {_{k}^{2}}\over {\tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta _{k} + 1}}\), k=1,…,K.
Proof.
According to (5), (11), (16), and Theorem 1, the results can be obtained. □
3.2 Combined SI suppression
Practically, the number of antennas cannot be infinite, the LALP method cannot ideally suppress the SI, especially for the dependent sharedantenna array. As mentioned above, the SI in the FD massive MUMIMO system can be estimated by the MMSE through a precoded SI channel training process, thus the known SI can be removed before the LALP suppression. After the SI removal, the remaining interference becomes much weaker, and the LALP can be further adopted to suppress the remaining SI. Therefore, the suppression capability is greatly improved by combining the two suppression methods.
As shown in (17), the term \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {d}}}\boldsymbol {W}^{T} {\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}_{\text {sa}}}\boldsymbol {x}_{\mathrm {d}}\) is known by the BS. We can subtract it from the received signal r, so that (17) can be rewritten as
where \(\hat {\boldsymbol {r}} = \boldsymbol {r} \sqrt {p_{\mathrm {d}}}\boldsymbol {W}^{T} {\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}_{\text {sa}}}\boldsymbol {x}_{\mathrm {d}}\). The kth decoded signal can then be expressed as
where w _{ k }, \(\hat {\boldsymbol {g}}_{k}\), δ _{ i }, and ε _{ i } are the kth or ith column of W, \(\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}\), Δ, and \(\boldsymbol {\mathcal {E}}\), respectively; x _{ k } and \(x{_{i}^{\mathrm {d}}}\) are the kth and ith element of x _{u} and x _{d}, respectively; \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {u}}}\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}{\hat {\boldsymbol {g}}_{k}}{x_{k}}\) is the desired signal from the kth user; \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {u}}}\sum _{i=1,i\neq k}^{K}{\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}}{\hat {\boldsymbol {g}}_{i}}{x_{i}}\) is the interuser interference; \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {u}}}\sum _{i= 1}^{K}{\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}}{\boldsymbol {\delta }_{i}}{x_{i}}\) is the estimation error from the signal channel G; \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {d}}}\sum _{i= 1}^{K}{\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}}\boldsymbol {{\epsilon }}_{i} x{_{i}^{\mathrm {d}}}\) is the estimation error from the SI equivalent channel G _{sa} and \(\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}\boldsymbol {n}\) is the additive noise.
Theoretically, the SI and other interferences and noise can be suppressed as much as possible, and the achievable rate of users can approach infinity with the increase of the antenna array scale. Practically, tens or hundreds of antennas can be a good approximation of infinity [4, 34].
3.3 Achievable rate
In this subsection, we will discuss the uplink achievable rate of the sharedantenna FD massive MIMO system for the LALP and the combined suppression.
3.3.1 Combined method
From (27), the kth user uplink achievable rate is given as
where γ _{ k } is given as
3.3.2 LALP only
If we estimate the signal channel and suppress the SI by the LALP method only, we have
where g _{sa,i } is the ith column of G _{sa}, i=1,...,K; \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {d}}}\sum _{i= 1}^{K}{\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}}\boldsymbol {{g}}_{\text {sa},i} x{_{i}^{\mathrm {d}}}\) is the SI. The kth user achievable rate with imperfect estimation and the LALP method only can be expressed as
where \(\gamma ^{\prime }_{k}\) is given as
3.3.3 Perfect channel estimation
We compare the achievable rate of the imperfect case with the perfect case and verify the accuracy of the channel estimation. If the perfect CSI can be obtained, the signal channel estimation error and the SI terms can be removed from (35). By setting the estimation error as zero in (27), the uplink decoded signal of the kth user with perfect estimation can be obtained as
where \({r}^{\prime \prime }_{k}=r_{k}\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {d}}}\sum _{i=1}^{K}{\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}}\boldsymbol {g}_{\text {sa},i} x{_{i}^{\mathrm {d}}}\), and w _{ k }, g _{ k }, and g _{sa,i } are the kth or ith column of W, G, and G _{sa}, respectively; \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {u}}}\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}{{\boldsymbol {g}}_{k}}{x_{k}}\) is the desired signal from the kth user; \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {u}}}\sum _{i=1,i\neq k}^{K}{\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}}{{\boldsymbol {g}}_{i}}{x_{i}}\) is the interuser interference; and \(\sqrt {p_{\mathrm {d}}}\sum _{i= 1}^{K}{\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}}\boldsymbol {{g}}_{\text {sa},i} x{_{i}^{\mathrm {d}}}\) is the SI. Therefore, the kth user achievable rate with perfect CSI can be given as
where γ k″ is given as
3.4 Achievable rate lower bounds of the combined method
From (28), we can derive the lower bounds of the achievable rates for the combined method with ZF and MRT/MRC linear processing.
Lemma 1
In the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system, the random variable \(\tilde g_{i}={{\boldsymbol {w}}{_{k}^{T}}{\hat {\boldsymbol {g}}_{i}}\over \left \{\boldsymbol {w}}{_{k}^{T}}\right \}\) is a zeromean complex Gaussian variable with variance \(\hat \beta _{i}\), which is independent on \({\boldsymbol {w}}{_{k}^{T}}\) if K is fixed and M→∞, where \(\hat \beta _{i}={\tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta {_{i}^{2}}\over \tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta {_{i}}+1}\), i=1,...,K, i≠k.
Proof.
Please see Appendix A of [19]. □
Lemma 2
In the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system, the random variable \(\tilde \delta _{i}={{\boldsymbol {w}}{_{k}^{T}}{\boldsymbol {\delta }_{i}}\over \left \{\boldsymbol {w}}{_{k}^{T}}\right \}\) is a zeromean complex Gaussian variable with variance \(\tilde \beta _{i}\), which is independent on \({\boldsymbol {w}}{_{k}^{T}}\) if K is fixed and M→∞, where \(\tilde \beta _{i}={\beta {_{i}}\over \tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta {_{i}}+1}\), i=1,...,K.
Proof.
According to the optimum MMSE estimation property, δ _{ i } is independent of \(\hat {\boldsymbol {g}}_{i}\) for i=1,...,K. Similarly, as the proof of Lemma 1, we can obtain the result. □
Lemma 3
In the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system, the random variable \(\tilde \epsilon _{i}={{\boldsymbol {w}}{_{k}^{T}}{\boldsymbol {\epsilon }_{i}}\over \left \{\boldsymbol {w}}{_{k}^{T}}\right \}\) is a zeromean complex Gaussian variable with variance \(\tilde \rho _{i}\), which is independent on \({\boldsymbol {w}}{_{k}^{T}}\) if K is fixed and M→∞, where \(\tilde \rho _{i}={1\over M}\!\sum _{m=1}^{M}{\rho _{m,i}\over {\tau p_{\mathrm {d}}\rho _{m,i}+1}}\), i=1,...,K.
Proof.
Please see Appendix. □
Proposition 3
With the combined scheme of SI removal and ZF largescale antenna linear processing, the kth uplink achievable rate in the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system is lowerbounded by
where \(\hat \beta _{i}={\tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta {_{i}^{2}}\over \tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta {_{i}}+1}\), \(\tilde \beta _{i}={\beta {_{i}}\over \tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta {_{i}}+1}\), and \(\tilde \rho _{i}={1\over M}\!\sum _{m=1}^{M}{\rho _{m,i}\over {\tau p_{\mathrm {d}}\rho _{m,i}+1}}\).
Proof.
From (15), we have \(\boldsymbol {W}^{T}{\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}}=\boldsymbol {I}_{K}\) and \(\boldsymbol {W}^{T}\boldsymbol {W}^{*}=[({\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}^{H}}\hat {\boldsymbol {G}})^{1}]^{H}\) for the ZF linear processing, so we can get \(\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}\hat {\boldsymbol {g}}_{k}=1\), \(\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}\hat {\boldsymbol {g}}_{i}=0\), and \({\left \\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}\right \^{2}}=[(\hat {\boldsymbol {G}}^{H}\hat {\boldsymbol {G}})^{1}]_{kk}\). Similarly, as [19], using the convexity of φ(x)=log_{2}(1+x ^{−1}) and Jensen’s inequality, from (28), we can obtain
From Lemma 2 and Lemma 3, we know that the new variables \(\tilde \delta _{i}={{\boldsymbol {w}}{_{k}^{T}}{\boldsymbol {\delta }_{i}}\over \left \{\boldsymbol {w}}{_{k}^{T}}\right \}\) and \(\tilde \epsilon _{i}={{\boldsymbol {w}}{_{k}^{T}}{\boldsymbol {\epsilon }_{i}}\over \left \{\boldsymbol {w}}{_{k}^{T}}\right \}\) are both zeromean Gaussian variables with variances of \(\tilde \beta _{i}\) and \(\tilde \rho _{i}\), respectively, so we have
Then, by using the property of Wishart matrices \(\mathbb {E}\{\text {tr}(\boldsymbol {M}{^{1}})\}=K/(MK)\) (Lemma 2.10) in [34], we have
Substitute (39) into (38), we can obtain the result. □
Proposition 4
With the combined scheme of SI removal and MRT/MRC largescale antenna linear processing, the kth uplink achievable rate in the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system is lowerbounded by
where \(\hat \beta _{i}={\tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta {_{i}^{2}}\over \tau p_{\mathrm {u}}\beta {_{i}}+1}\) and \(\tilde \rho _{i}={1\over M}\!\sum _{m=1}^{M}{\rho _{m,i}\over {\tau p_{\mathrm {d}}\rho _{m,i}+1}}\).
Proof.
From (15), we have \(\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}{\hat {\boldsymbol {g}}_{k}}={1\over M}\left \{\hat {\boldsymbol {g}}_{k}}\right \^{2}\) and \(\left \\boldsymbol {w}{_{k}^{T}}\right \^{2}={1\over M^{2}}\left \{\hat {\boldsymbol {g}}_{k}}\right \^{2}\)for the MRT/MRC linear processing. Similarly, from (28) and by using Jensen’s inequality, we have
Then, by using the property of the Wishart matrix (Lemma 2.10) in [34], we get
From Lemma 1, Lemma 2, and Lemma 3, by substituting (42) into (41), we obtain the result. □
4 Spectral efficiency and energy efficiency
The SE and EE are important performance metrics for nextgeneration mobile communication systems. In this section, we discuss the SE and EE of a sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system with the combined SI suppression method.
4.1 SE and EE
4.1.1 SE and EE for the FD
Generally, the system SE can be defined as the sumrate per site or sumrate per cell. According to (28), the SE of the SI suppression and channel estimation in the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO can be given as
The EE is defined as the SE divided by the total transmit power, so we have
4.1.2 SE and EE for the HD
In comparison, the SE and EE of the HD system can be given as
where \(\gamma ^{\mathrm {h}}_{k}\) is given as
We can see that the SE of the HD system is smaller than that of the FD system when the antenna scale is large enough, because it transmits data only half of the time. In contrast, the EE is slightly higher because there is no SI and fewer training overhead in the HD system.
4.1.3 Lower bounds of SE and EE
Replacing R _{ k } by \(\underline {R}{{_{k}^{\mathrm {Z}}}}\) and \(\underline {R}{{_{k}^{\mathrm {M}}}}\), we can obtain the lower bounds of the SE and EE for the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system with imperfect estimation. By substituting (36) and (40) into (43) and (44), we have
and
where the superscript A is “Z” or “M”, which represents ZF or MRT/MRC. The lower bounds are in the closed form, so they can be easily used to show the system performance.
4.2 Maximizing SE and EE
4.2.1 Maximizing SE
The SE monotonically grows with the antenna array scale M and the uplink transmit power p _{u}. We suppose that M and p _{u} are fixed and M is large. In this case, only the training length τ affects the SE, and the optimization problem can be formulated as
This problem is neither linear nor convex, and it is even difficult to solve using the linear search because of the expectation operation and the large dimensions of the channels. Fortunately, the SE can be approximated by the lower bounds of (48), because they are very close after the further SI suppression with the combined method, which can be seen in the subsequent simulations in next section. Then, the maximization problem can be approximated as
This problem can be numerically solved by the linear search, the simulation in the next section shows that this solution is global optimal when the antenna scale M is large enough.
4.2.2 Maximizing the EE
The EE of the FD massive MUMIMO system monotonically increases with M, but not with p _{u}. Because it has the same solution as the SE for τ, here we only focus on p _{u}. The antennascale M is large and fixed, so the problem of maximizing the EE can be expressed as
Similarly, the EE can be approximated by the lower bound in (49) when the antennaarray scale M is large enough. The maximization problem can be modified as
It can be numerically solved by the linear search, the simulation in the next section shows that this solution is also global optimal.
4.2.3 Tradeoff of EE versus SE
The maximal EE can be obtained at the point \((\tau ^{*},\; p{{\!~\!}_{\mathrm {u}}^{*}})\). However, the SE decreases monotonically with the decreasing p _{u}. To keep a reasonable uplink throughput, the SE is lower constrained. Therefore, the optimal \(p{{\!~\!}_{\mathrm {u}}^{*}}\) should be constrained by the SE requirement. The optimal value \(p{{\!~\!}_{\mathrm {u}}^{*}}\) is adopted if the minimum SE is satisfied; otherwise, the tradeoff value \(p^{\prime }{{\!~\!}_{\mathrm {u}}^{*}}\),which meets the SE requirement, is used.
5 Numerical and simulation results
In this section, we present the performance results of the sharedantenna FD massive MUMIMO system. All the users work in FD mode with a single antenna, and the insertion loss of the circulators is neglected. The number of users is given as K=4. Unless stated otherwise, the system parameters are set as follows: The coherent time T of the uplink data transmission is 400 (symbol length), and the training length τ of each channel is 8. The normalized uplink power p _{u} and the downlink power p _{d} are set as 10 dB and 13 dB, respectively. Similarly, as [26], the largescale pathloss β _{ k } (k=1,2,3,4) of the signal channel is set as 0.749, 0.246, 0.125, and 0.635, respectively; The largescale pathloss β of the SI channel is set as 0.6, and the directpath SI coefficient c _{ mj } is set as arbitrary but deterministic values in a circle on the complex plane with radius 0.33.
5.1 Achievable rate and lower bounds
We obtain the numerical results according to (28), (34), (34), (36), and (40). The SI suppression and the achievable rate for the 2nd user are shown in Fig. 2 and Fig. 3, respectively. We can see that both the largescale antenna linear processing method and the combined method can suppress the SI as well as the interuser interferences and noise like [4, 15, 19, 26]. Our combined suppression method significantly outperforms the LALP method. As shown in Fig. 2, at the scale of M=300, the SI level is 14 dB by using the ZF linear processing only. In contrast, the SI is 50 dB by using the combined method, providing an additional 36 dB suppression. Hence, the achievable rates for the imperfect estimation are close to the perfect cases. For example, there are small gaps of approximately 1 bits/s/Hz for the ZF and 0.2 bits/s/Hz for the MRT/MRC with M=50 in Fig. 3. Therefore, a higher data rate can be achieved at the same scale of the antenna array, or fewer antennas are required at the same data rate. For instance, the achievable rate increases from 5.3 bits/s/Hz to 8.5 bits/s/Hz at the antenna scale M=300 for the ZF, while the scale M decreases from about 450 to 200 at the achievable rate of 5.1 bits/s/Hz for the MRT/MRC linear processing.
Figure 4 also shows the achievable rates and their lower bounds for the 2nd and 4th users. We can see that the lower bounds are very close to the simulation results when M is large enough. For example, there is a small gap of approximately 0.2 bits/s/Hz when M is 50 for the MRT/MRC, and the gap is even smaller for the ZF (the 2nd user). Therefore, it is reasonable to approximate the SE with the lower bounds.
5.2 SE and EE with SI suppression
Figure 5 and Fig. 6 show the SE and EE of the FD and HD systems versus the antenna array scale according to (43), (44), (45), and (46). We can see that the SE gets larger with the increase of the antenna array scale M for both the HD system and the FD system. The SE of the FD system is almost twice as high as that of the HD, as shown in Fig. 5, when employing our combined suppression method.
The EE of the FD system is slightly lower than that of the HD system because of the residual SI in the FD system, but the gaps are very small, so it is worth acquiring twice the SE by losing some EE. Furthermore, the EE grows with the increase of the antenna array scale M, so the performance is much better than that of the traditional FD system when M is large enough.
5.3 Maximizing SE and EE
Figures 7 and 8 show the SE and EE of the FD system based on (51) and (53). The scale M is supposed to be fixed and large enough. As shown in Fig. 7 and Fig. 8, both the SE and EE get higher at first and then turn lower. The approximate SE and EE are very close to the real values for large M, for example, M=500. Since it is inefficient and timeconsuming to search the optimal values with the Monte Carlo simulations, a good choice is to search the optimal values using the approximation. Simulations show that the SE increases when τ is small (τ<10), and decreases when τ is large, this is because the channels can be trained and estimated more sufficiently with the increase of τ. However, the data transmission time will be shortened if τ is too big. The similar results can be seen for the EE in Fig. 8, because the SE increases quadratically with p _{u} when p _{u} is small, while it increases logarithmically when p _{u} is big. The SE or EE increases with the antenna array scale M, because more SI can be suppressed and less training time/uplink transmit power is required when M is larger.
6 Conclusion
We introduced and analyzed a fullduplex massive MUMIMO system with a single sharedantenna array at the BS. Either the ZF or MRT/MRC method can be adopted to linearly process signals, and a novel training scheme via the precoded SI channel is proposed to estimate the SI with a much lower dimension. We proved that the SI can vanish by using the largescale antenna linear processing method even if the SI/signal channels are not perfectly estimated and the uplink/downlink channels completely depend on each other. By combining the SI removal and the LALP method, we show that the SI can be sufficiently suppressed. We also derived the closedform lower bounds of the achievable rates and showed that they are very close to the simulation results. With the combination of the SI suppression, the “large enough” number of antennas can be scaled down, and the FD massive MUMIMO system significantly outperforms the halfduplex system in terms of SE.
7 \thelikesection Appendix
7.1 \thelikesubsection Derivations of (6) and (7)
From (3), we have
Since the directpath interference is suppressed by the physical isolation and analog domain cancelation, the directpath channel coefficients c _{ mj } are not infinity. Because all of the entries c _{ mj } of \(\bar {\boldsymbol {G}}{_{s}}\) are bounded and all of the entries of \(\tilde {\boldsymbol {G}}{_{s}}\) are i.i.d. Gaussian random variables with zero mean, we obtain \({[{\bar {\boldsymbol {G}}{_{s}^{H}}\tilde {\boldsymbol {G}}{_{s}}}]_{mj}\over M} \approx 0\) when M is large enough, so we have
From (6), we have
so we have
Hence, we can obtain (6) and (7) when M is large enough.
7.2 \thelikesubsection Proof of Proposition 1
The ith column g _{sa,i } of matrix G _{sa} can be written as
where a _{ i } is the ith column of A, so the mth entry of g _{sa,i } can be given as
where g _{s,m } is the mth row of G _{s}.
For the ZF precoding, \(\boldsymbol {a}_{i}= {1\over M}\alpha _{\text {ZF}}\beta {_{i}^{\frac {1}{2}}}\boldsymbol {h}_{i}^{*}\), so we have
Hence, the variance of mth entry of g _{sa,i } can be given as
Similarly, we can obtain
for the MRT precoding.
7.3 \thelikesubsection Proof of Lemma 3
The ith column ε _{ i } of matrix \(\boldsymbol {\mathcal {E}}\) can be written as
Note that the correlation between w _{ k } and ε _{ i } is zero because w _{ k } and g _{sa,i } are independent for i≠k, and the correlation disappears for i=k when M→∞. According to the optimum estimation of MMSE, ε _{ i } is a Gaussian random vector, and the variance of the mth entry for ε _{ i } is \(\rho _{m,i}\over {\tau p_{\mathrm {d}} \rho _{m,i}+1}\). Similarly, from the Lyapunov central limit theorem [35] and Proposition 1, we can derive that the variable \(\tilde \epsilon _{i}={{\boldsymbol {w}_{k}^{T}\boldsymbol {\epsilon }_{i}}\over \left \\boldsymbol {w}_{k}^{T}\right \}\) is a zeromean complex Gaussian variable, and the variance is
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Xing, P., Liu, J., Zhai, C. et al. Selfinterference suppression with imperfect channel estimation in a sharedantenna fullduplex massive MUMIMO system. J Wireless Com Network 2017, 18 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1186/s1363801708057
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