Interference Pricing Mechanism for Downlink Multicell Coordinated Beamforming Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2014

start page

  • 1871

end page

  • 1883


  • 6


  • 62

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-6778

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-0857


  • We consider the downlink coordinated beamforming problem in a cellular network in which the base stations (BSs) are equipped with multiple antennas and each user is equipped with a single antenna. The BSs cooperate in sharing their local interference information, and they aim to maximize the sum-rate of the users in the network. A decentralized interference pricing beamforming (IPBF) algorithm is proposed to identify the coordinated beamformer, where a BS is penalized according to the interference it creates to its peers. We show that the decentralized pricing mechanism converges to an interference equilibrium, which is a KKT point of the sum-rate maximization problem. The proofs rely on the identification of rank-1 solutions of each BSs' interference-penalized rate maximization problem. Numerical results show that the proposed iterative mechanism reduces significantly the exchanged information with respect to other state-of-the-art beamforming algorithms with very little sum-rate loss. The version of the algorithm that limits the coordination to a cluster of base stations (IPBF-L) is shown to have very small sum-rate loss with respect to the full coordinated algorithm with much less backhaul information exchange.


  • Telecommunications


  • base station coordination; beamforming; interference equilibirum; multiple input-multiple output (mimo); non-convex; cognitive; radio networds; wireless networks; resources-allocation; mimo; systems; optimization; channels; maximization; contraints; algorithms