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On the Degrees of Freedom Achievable Through Interference Alignment in a MIMO Interference Channel

By Meisam Razaviyayn, Gennady Lyubeznik and Zhi-Quan Luo


Consider a K-user flat fading MIMO interference channel where the k-th transmitter (or receiver) is equipped with M_k (respectively N_k) antennas. If a large number of statistically independent channel extensions are allowed either across time or frequency, the recent work [1] suggests that the total achievable degrees of freedom (DoF) can be maximized via interference alignment, resulting in a total DoF that grows linearly with K even if M_k and N_k are bounded. In this work we consider the case where no channel extension is allowed, and establish a general condition that must be satisfied by any degrees of freedom tuple (d_1, d2, ..., d_K) achievable through linear interference alignment. For a symmetric system with M_k = M, N_k = N, d_k = d for all k, this condition implies that the total achievable DoF cannot grow linearly with K, and is in fact no more than K(M + N)=(K + 1). We also show that this bound is tight when the number of antennas at each transceiver is divisible by the number of data streams

Topics: Computer Science - Information Theory, Mathematics - Algebraic Geometry
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1109/TSP.2011.2173683
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