We consider the problem of joint MIMO precoding across multiple distant cooperating transmitters. The transmitters are assumed to be sharing user data and aim at serving a group of users in a distributed MIMO broadcast-like fashion. Among application scenarios, we find the so-called network MIMO setup. The novelty of our setup resides in the fact that each of the transmitters obtains imperfect and importantly, different, estimates of the same global multi-user channel. Despite not sharing the same vision over the CSIT, the transmitters seek to jointly act in a consistent manner in designing the precoders. This problem in facts falls in the class of so-called Team Decision Theory problems. We present some solutions to the problem of beamforming design in this case and illustrate the benefits in practical network scenarios.
Team decision for the cooperative MIMO channel with imperfect CSIT sharing
ITA 2010, IEEE Information Theory and Applications Workshop, January 31-February 5, 2010, San Diego, USA
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