Degrees of freedom for the MIMO multi-way relay channel

Ye Tian, Aylin Yener

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    This paper investigates the degrees of freedom (DoF) of the L -cluster, K -user MIMO multiway relay channel, where users in each cluster wish to exchange messages within the cluster, and they can only communicate through the relay. A novel DoF upper bound is derived by providing users with carefully designed genie information. Achievable DoF is identified using signal space alignment and multiple-access transmission. For the two-cluster MIMO multiway relay channel with two users in each cluster, the DoF is established for the general case when users and the relay have arbitrary number of antennas, and it is shown that the DoF upper bound can be achieved using signal space alignment or multiple-access transmission, or a combination of both. The result is then generalized to the three user case. For the L -cluster K -user MIMO multiway relay channel in the symmetric setting, conditions under which the DoF upper bound can be achieved are established. In addition to being shown to be tight in a variety of scenarios of interests of the multiway relay channel, the newly derived upperbound also establishes the optimality of several previously established achievable DoF results for multiuser relay channels that are special cases of the multiway relay channel.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number6755480
    Pages (from-to)2495-2511
    Number of pages17
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - May 2014

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Information Systems
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Library and Information Sciences


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