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Interference-Aware Scheduling in the Synchronous Cellular Multi-Antenna Downlink

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Executive Summary

The authors consider the downlink of a multi-user MIMO OFDM system in a cellular environment, where users are scheduled to the transmission resources in frequency and space. Targeting a practical solution, they assume the use of fixed DFT-based pre-coding beams at the base stations and linear receivers at the multi-antenna terminals. After having received feedback on the frequency-selective interference conditions from all terminals, each base station schedules the terminals to their resources of highest quality while following a fair scheduling policy. It is shown that this rather simple practical concept enables spatial multiplexing transmission for all users in the system, in particular even for users at cell edge. This results in a capacity scaling that is similar to the one known for isolated point-to-point links.

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