Coding across heterogeneous parallel erasure broadcast channels is useful

Sunghyun Kim, Soheil Mohajer, Changho Suh

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Abstract

Motivated by recent efforts to harness millimeter-wave (mmWave) bands, known to have high outage probabilities, we explore a K-user parallel packet-erasure broadcast channel that consists of orthogonal subchannels prone to packet-erasures. Our main result is two-fold. First, in the homogeneous channel where all subchannels have the same erasure probability, we show that the separation principle holds, i.e., coding across subchannels provides no gain. Second, in the heterogeneous channel where the subchannels have different erasure probabilities, we devise a scheme that employs coding across subchannels and show that the principle fails to hold, i.e., coding across subchannels provides a gain. Inspired by this finding, we demonstrate our scheme to be effective in harnessing the mmWave bands. Compared to the current approach in the 4G systems which allocates subchannels to users exclusively, we show that our scheme offers a huge gain. We find the gain to be significant in scenarios where the erasure probabilities are largely different, and importantly to increase with the growth of K. Our result calls for joint coding schemes in future wireless systems to meet growing mobile data demands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1883-1887
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509040964
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 9 2017
Event2017 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2017 - Aachen, Germany
Duration: Jun 25 2017Jun 30 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095

Other

Other2017 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2017
CountryGermany
CityAachen
Period6/25/176/30/17

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