Integer-forcing architectures for uplink cloud radio access networks
El Bakoury, Islam
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Citation (published version)Islam El Bakoury, Bobak Nazer. 2020. "Integer-forcing architectures for uplink cloud radio access networks." IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, https://doi.org/10.1109/TWC.2019.2963878
Consider an uplink cloud radio access network where users are observed simultaneously by several base stations, each with a rate-limited link to a central processor, which wishes to decode all transmitted messages. Recent efforts have demonstrated the advantages of compression-based strategies that send quantized channel observations to the central processor, rather than attempt local decoding. We study the setting where channel state information is not available at the transmitters, but known fully or partially at the base stations. We propose an end-to-end integer forcing framework for compression-based uplink cloud radio access, and show that it operates within a constant gap from the optimal outage probability if channel state information is fully available at the base stations.We demonstrate via simulations that our framework is competitive with state-of-the-art Wyner-Ziv-based strategies.