Interference Mitigation Via Rate-Splitting in Cloud Radio Access Networks

Alaa Alameer Ahmad, Hayssam Dahrouj, Anas Chaaban, Aydin Sezgin, Mohamed-Slim Alouini

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Cloud-radio access networks (C-RAN) help overcoming the scarcity of radio resources by enabling dense deployment of base-stations (BSs), and connecting them to a central-processor (CP). This paper considers the downlink of a C-RAN, and evaluates rate-splitting (RS) and common-message decoding techniques, as a means to enable large-scale interference management. To this end, the paper proposes splitting the message of each user at the CP into a private part decodable at one user, and a common part decodable at a subset of users for the sole purpose of interference mitigation. The paper then focuses on maximizing the weighted sum-rate subject to backhaul capacity and transmission power constraints, so as to determine the RS mode of each user, and the associated beamforming vectors. The paper proposes solving such a complicated non-convex optimization problem using an inner-convex approximation approach, which guarantees achieving a stationary solution to the problem. Numerical results show that the proposed method provides significant gain compared to classical interference mitigation techniques that do not rely on RS and common message decoding.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 19th International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Print)9781538635124
StatePublished - Aug 28 2018

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-02-19
Acknowledgements: Hayssam Dahrouj would like to thank Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for funding the research reported in this paper through the Research and Consultancy Institute.


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