On the Throughput of Large-but-Finite MIMO Networks Using Schedulers

Behrooz Makki*, Tommy Svensson, Mohamed Slim Alouini

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This paper studies the sum throughput of the multi-user multiple-input-single-output networks in the cases with a large-but-finite number of transmit antennas and users. Considering continuous and bursty communication scenarios with different users' data request probabilities, we derive quasi-closed-form expressions for the maximum achievable throughput of the networks using optimal schedulers. The results are obtained in various cases with different levels of interference cancellation. Also, we develop an efficient scheduling scheme using genetic algorithms (GAs) and evaluate the effect of different parameters, such as channel/precoding models, number of antennas/users, scheduling costs, and power amplifiers' efficiency, on the system performance. Finally, we use the recent results on the achievable rates of finite block-length codes to analyze the system performance in the cases with short packets. As demonstrated, the proposed GA-based scheduler reaches (almost) the same throughput as in the exhaustive search-based optimal scheduler, with substantially less implementation complexity. Moreover, the power amplifiers' inefficiency and the scheduling delay affect the performance of the scheduling-based systems significantly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8520925
Pages (from-to)152-166
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2019

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  • Massive MIMO
  • finite blocklength analysis
  • genetic algorithm
  • large-but-finite MIMO
  • machine learning
  • scheduling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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