Reconfigurable Surface Assisted Multi-User Opportunistic Beamforming

Qurrat Ul Ain Nadeem, Anas Chaaban, Merouane Debbah

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Multi-user (MU) diversity yields sum-rate gains by scheduling a user for transmission at times when its channel is near its peak. These gains are limited in environments with line- of-sight (LoS) channel components and/or spatial correlation. To remedy this, previous works have proposed opportunistic beamforming (OBF) using multiple antennas at the BS to transmit the same signal, modulated by time-varying gains, to the best user at each time slot. In this paper, we propose reconfigurable surface (RS)-assisted OBF to increase the range of channel fluctuations in a single-antenna broadcast channel (BC), where opportunistic scheduling (OS) strategy achieves the sum-rate capacity. The RS is abstracted as an array of passive reflecting elements that only induce random phase shifts onto the impinging electromagnetic waves. We develop the sum-rate scaling laws under Rayleigh, Rician and correlated Rayleigh fading and show that RS-assisted OBF with a single-antenna BS can outperform multi-antenna BS- assisted OBF using a moderate number of elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2020 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728164328
StatePublished - Jun 2020
Event2020 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2020 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jul 21 2020Jul 26 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Conference2020 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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