Abbas Khalili works at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

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On Single-User Interactive Beam Alignment in Millimeter Wave Systems: Impact of Feedback Delay

On Single-User Interactive Beam Alignment in Millimeter Wave Systems: Impact of Feedback Delay Narrow beams are key to wireless communications in millimeter wave frequency bands. Beam alignment (BA) allows the base station (BS) to adjust the direction and width of the beam used for communication. During BA, the BS transmits a number of scanning beams covering different angular regions. The goal is to minimize the expected width of the uncertainty region (UR) that includes the angle of departure of the user. Conventionally, in interactive BA, it is assumed that the feedback corresponding to each scanning packet is received prior to transmission of the next one. However, in practice, the feedback delay could be larger because of propagation or system constraints. This paper investigates BA strategies that operate under arbitrary fixed feedback delays. This problem is analyzed through a source coding perspective where the feedback sequences are viewed as source codewords. It is shown that these codewords form a codebook with a particular characteristic which is used to define a new class of codes called d—unimodal codes. By analyzing the properties of these codes, a lower bound on the minimum achievable expected beamwidth is provided. The results reveal potential performance improvements in terms of the BA duration it takes to achieve a fixed expected width of the UR over the state-of-the-art BA methods which do not consider the effect of delay.

On Single User Interactive Beam Alignment in Millimeter Wave Systems: Impact of feedback delay

On Single User Interactive Beam Alignment in Millimeter Wave Systems: Impact of feedback delay Narrow beams are key to wireless communications in millimeter wave frequency bands. Beam alignment (BA) allows the base station (BS) to adjust the direction and width of the beam used for communication. During BA, the BS transmits a number of scanning beams covering different angular regions. The goal is to minimize the expected width of the uncertainty region (UR) that includes the angle of departure of the user. Conventionally, in interactive BA, it is assumed that the feedback corresponding to each scanning packet is received prior to transmission of the next one. However, in practice, the feedback delay could be larger because of propagation or system constraints. This paper investigates BA strategies that operate under arbitrary fixed feedback delays. This problem is analyzed through a source coding prospective where the feedback sequences are viewed as source codewords. It is shown that these codewords form a codebook with a particular characteristic which is used to define a new class of codes called d unimodal codes. By analyzing the properties of these codes, a lower bound on the minimum achievable expected beamwidth is provided. The results reveal potential performance improvements in terms of the BA duration it takes to achieve a fixed expected width of the UR over the state of the art BA methods which do not consider the effect of delay.

Multi-user Beam Alignment for Millimeter Wave Systems in Multi-path Environments

Multi-user Beam Alignment for Millimeter Wave Systems in Multi-path Environments Directional transmission patterns (a.k.a. narrow beams) are the key to wireless communications in millimeter wave (mmWave) frequency bands which suffer from high path loss, severe shadowing, and intense blockage. In addition, the propagation channel in mmWave frequencies incorporates only a few number of spatial clusters requiring a procedure, called beam alignment (BA), to align the corresponding narrow beams with the angle of departure (AoD) of the channel clusters. In addition, BA enables beamforming gains to compensate path loss and shadowing or diversity gains to combat the blockage. Most of the prior analytical studies have considered strong simplifying assumptions such as i) having a single-user scenario and ii) having a single dominant path channel model for theoretical tractability. In this study, we relax such constraints and provide a theoretical framework to design and analyze optimized multiuser BA schemes in multi-path environments. Such BA schemes not only reduce the BA overhead and provide beamforming gains to compensate path loss and shadowing, but also provide diversity gains to mitigate the impact of blockage in practical mmWave systems.

On Optimal Multi-user Beam Alignment in Millimeter Wave Wireless Systems

On Optimal Multi-user Beam Alignment in Millimeter Wave Wireless Systems Directional transmission patterns (a.k.a. narrow beams) are the key to wireless communications in millimeter wave (mmWave) frequency bands which suffer from high path loss and severe shadowing. In addition, the propagation channel in mmWave frequencies incorporates only a few number of spatial clusters requiring a procedure to align the corresponding narrow beams with the angle of departure (AoD) of the channel clusters. The objective of this procedure, called beam alignment (BA) is to increase the beamforming gain for subsequent data communication. Several prior studies consider optimizing BA procedure to achieve various objectives such as reducing the BA overhead, increasing throughput, and reducing power consumption. While these studies mostly provide optimized BA schemes for scenarios with a single active user, there are often multiple active users in practical networks. Consequently, it is more efficient in terms of BA overhead and delay to design multi-user BA schemes which can perform beam management for multiple users collectively. This paper considers a class of multi-user BA schemes where the base station performs a one shot scan of the angular domain to simultaneously localize multiple users. The objective is to minimize the average of expected width of remaining uncertainty regions (UR) on the AoDs after receiving users’ feedbacks. Fundamental bounds on the optimal performance are analyzed using information theoretic tools. Furthermore, a BA optimization problem is formulated and a practical BA scheme, which provides significant gains compared to the beam sweeping used in 5G standard, is proposed.

On Optimal Multi-User Beam Alignment in Millimeter Wave Wireless Systems

On Optimal Multi user Beam Alignment in Millimeter Wave Wireless Systems Directional transmission patterns (a.k.a. narrow beams) are the key to wireless communications in millimeter wave (mmWave) frequency bands which suffer from high path loss and severe shadowing. In addition, the propagation channel in mmWave frequencies incorporates only a few number of spatial clusters requiring a procedure to align the corresponding narrow beams with the angle of departure (AoD) of the channel clusters. The objective of this procedure, called beam alignment (BA) is to increase the beamforming gain for subsequent data communication. Several prior studies consider optimizing BA procedure to achieve various objectives such as reducing the BA overhead, increasing throughput, and reducing power consumption. While these studies mostly provide optimized BA schemes for scenarios with a single active user, there are often multiple active users in practical networks. Consequently, it is more efficient in terms of BA overhead and delay to design multi user BA schemes which can perform beam management for multiple users collectively. This paper considers a class of multi user BA schemes where the base station performs a one shot scan of the angular domain to simultaneously localize multiple users. The objective is to minimize the average of expected width of remaining uncertainty regions (UR) on the AoDs after receiving users’ feedbacks. Fundamental bounds on the optimal performance are analyzed using information theoretic tools. Furthermore, a beam design optimization problem is formulated and a practical BA scheme, which provides significant gains compared to the beam sweeping used in 5G standard is proposed.