A distributed virtual MIMO coalition formation framework for energy efficient wireless networks

Rodrigo A Vaca Ramirez, John Thompson, Eitan Altman, M. Ramos R.Victor

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In this paper, we consider a distributed virtual multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) coalition formation algorithm. Energy savings are obtained in the reverse link by forming multi-antenna virtual arrays for information transmission. Virtual arrays are formed by finding a stable match between two sets of single antenna devices such as mobile stations (MSs) and relay stations (RSs) based on a game theoretic approach derived from the concept of the college admissions problem. Thus, power savings are obtained through multi-antenna arrays by implementing the concepts of spatial diversity and spatial multiplexing for reverse link transmission. We focus on optimizing the overall consumed power rather than the transmitted power of MSs and RSs. Furthermore, it is shown analytically and by simulation that when the overall consumed power is considered, the energy efficiency of the single antennas devices is not always improved by forming a virtual MIMO array. Hence, single antenna devices may prefer to transmit on their own when channel conditions are favorable. In addition, the simulation results show that the framework we propose provides comparable energy savings and a lower implementation complexity when compared to a centralized exhaustive search approach.
Original languageEnglish
Article number91
JournalEURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking
Early online date26 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


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