Distributed Beamforming Coordination in Multicell MIMO Channels

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Executive Summary

Coordination in a multi-cell/link environment has been attracting a lot of attention in the research community recently. In this paper, the authors consider the problem of coordinated beamforming where Base Stations (BS) equipped with multiple antennas attempt to serve a separate user each despite the interference generated by the other bases. They propose a framework for a distributed optimization of the beamformers at each base, where distributed is defined as using "Local CSIT" only. They present and compare two distributed approaches (one iterative and another direct approach) which have in common the optimization of the beamformers as a combination of so-called egoistic and altruistic solutions for this problem.

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