Scheduling Algorithm with Multiple Feedbacks for Supporting Coordinated Multipoint Operation for LTE-Advanced Systems

Masayuki HOSHINO  Yasuaki YUDA  Tomohumi TAKATA  Akihiko NISHIO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E96-B   No.11   pp.2906-2912
Publication Date: 2013/11/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E96.B.2906
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Wireless Communication Technologies
MIMO,  coordinated multipoint transmission,  dynamic point selection,  feedback,  LTE-Advanced systems,  

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In this study, we investigate the use of scheduling algorithms to support coordinated multipoint (CoMP) operation for Long Term Evolution (LTE)-Advanced systems studied in the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). CoMP, which improves cooperative transmission among network nodes (transmission points: TPs) and reduces or eliminates interTP interference, enabling performance improvements in cell edge throughputs. Although scheduling algorithms in LTE systems have been extensively investigated from the single cell operation perspective, those extension to CoMP where each user equipment (UE) has multiple channel state information (CSI) feedbacks require further consideration on proportional fairness (PF) metric calculation while maintaining PF criteria. To this end, we propose to apply a scaling factor in accordance with the number of CSI feedbacks demanded for the UE. To evaluate the benefits of this scaling factor, multicell system-level simulations that take account of channel estimation errors are performed, and the results confirmed that our improved algorithm enables fairness to be maintained.