Effects of Mobility on User Energy Consumption and Total Throughput in a Massive MIMO System

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Conference Paper

Source:

IEEE Information Theory Workshop (ITW), Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (2014)

Abstract:

Macroscopic mobility of users is important to determine the performance and energy efficiency of a wireless network, because of the temporal correlations it introduces in the consumed power and throughput. In this work, we introduce a methodology that allows to compute the long time statistics of such metrics in a network. After describing the general approach, we consider a specific example of the uplink channel of a mobile user in the vicinity of a base station equipped with a large number of antennas (the so called ”massive MIMO” base station). To guarantee a fixed signal-to-noise ratio and rate, the user inverts the pathloss channel power, while moving around in the cell. To calculate the long time distribution of the corresponding consumed energy, we assume that its movement follows a Brownian motion, and then map the problem to the solution of the minimum eigenvalue of a partial differential equation, which can be solved either analytically, or numerically very fast. The single-user throughput is also treated. We then present some results and discuss how they can be generalized if the mobility model is assumed to be a Levy random walk. A roadmap to use this methodology is eventually given to extend results to a multiple user set-up with multiple base stations.

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