On Interference-Aware Precoding for Multi-Antenna Channels With Finite-Alphabet Inputs

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This paper investigates the interference-aware linear precoder design with finite-alphabet inputs. It maximizes the mutual information between the transmitter and intended receiver while controlling the interference power caused to unintended receivers. For this non-concave problem, this paper proposes a global optimization approach, which is based on two key observations: the interference-aware precoding problem can be reformulated to the problem minimizing a function with bilinear terms over the intersection of multiple co-centered ellipsoids; these bilinear terms can be relaxed by their convex and concave envelopes. In this way, the global optimal solution is obtained by solving a sequence of relaxed problems over shrinking feasible regions.

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