Coded Pilot Random Access for Massive MIMO Systems

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We present a novel access protocol for crowd scenarios in massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems. Crowd scenarios are characterized by a large number of users with intermittent access behavior, whereas orthogonal scheduling is infeasible. In such scenarios, random access is a natural choice. The proposed access protocol relies on two essential properties of a massive MIMO system, namely, asymptotic orthogonality between user channels and asymptotic invariance of channel powers. Signal processing techniques that take advantage of these properties allow us to view a set of contaminated pilot signals as a graph code on which iterative belief propagation can be performed. This makes it possible to decontaminate pilot signals and increase the throughput of the system. Numerical evaluations show that the proposed access protocol increases the throughput by 36%, when there are 400 antennas at the base station, compared to the conventional method of slotted Additive Links On-line Hawaii Area. With 1024 antennas, the throughput is increased by 85%.

TidsskriftI E E E Transactions on Wireless Communications
Udgave nummer12
Sider (fra-til)8035-8046
Antal sider12
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2018


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