Sum-Capacity of a Class of K-user Gaussian Interference Channels within O(K) Bits

Date Added: Sep 2011
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Though the capacity of the 2-user Gaussian interference channel has long eluded information theorists, recent progress has been made by focusing on approximations with provable bounds. However, extensions to a general K-user network has proven to be non-obvious, in particular due to the role of interference alignment in these cases. In this paper, the authors look at a special case of a K-user Gaussian interference network where only one of the users interferes with and is also interfered by all the other users. They determine the sum-capacity of such a network within O(K) bits for all possible values of the channel parameters, provided the direct signal is stronger than the receiver noise.