Full-Duplex MIMO Small-Cell Networks: Performance Analysis
Full-duplex small-cell relays with multiple antennas constitute a core element of the envisioned 5G network architecture. In this paper, we use stochastic geometry to analyze the performance of wireless networks with full-duplex multi-antenna small cells, with particular emphasis on the probability of successful transmission. To achieve this goal, we additionally characterize the distribution of the self-interference power of the full-duplex nodes. The proposed framework reveals useful insights on the benefits of full-duplex with respect to half-duplex in terms of network throughput.
The employment of full-duplex (FD) technology in wireless networks has been recognized as a promising solution to cope with the ever-growing demand for high data rates. A key drawback of FD wireless communication is the self-interference received at the FD nodes from their own transmission. However, thanks to recent advances in self-interference mitigation techniques , it is now possible to implement FD radios in practical settings . In this regard, small-cell (SC) systems prove especially suitable for the deployment of FD technology due their low transmit powers and the low mobility of their users .
Several recent works, such as [4, 5], have examined the performance of hybrid FD/HD large-scale networks, despite considering only single-antenna nodes; in addition, the self-interference channel gain has been modeled as a constant value, which is a very coarse approximation and is only meaningful when digital cancellation is applied [4, 6]. On the one hand, it is timely and relevant to investigate FD nodes with multiple antennas in view of the promising concept of FD multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) relays , even if the extension from the single-antenna to the multiple-antenna case sensibly complicates the analysis. On the other hand, the residual self-interference channel is known to be subject to Ricean fading
In this paper, we fill these gaps by providing the following contributions: i) using powerful tools from stochastic geometry, we study the performance of wireless networks with randomly distributed FD MIMO nodes and derive tight bounds for the probability of successful transmission; ii) we characterize the distribution of the FD self-interference power under Ricean fading for arbitrary receive and transmit beamforming strategies. In our setting, the FD nodes resemble small-cell relays, which are envisioned to be at the foundation of 5G . Finally, numerical results are reported to corroborate our theoretical findings and to establish under which conditions the employment of FD is beneficial for the network.
Ii System Model
Ii-a System Setup
Consider the scenario in Figure 1, where a set of FD SCs acts as relays between a set of backhaul (BH) base stations (BSs) and a set of mobile user terminals (UTs), both operating in half-duplex (HD) mode; all communications occur in the same frequency band. In our setting, the SCs are equipped with multiple antennas, whereas the UTs have a single antenna; on the other hand, a multiple antenna BH BS performing space division multiple access (SDMA) and sending one stream to the SC can be considered, hence being equivalently seen as single-antenna BS by each SC. During a given time-slot, we assume that each SC communicates exactly with one desired BH BS and with one desired UT. The analysis of the downlink (i.e., from the BH BS to the mobile UT) and of the uplink (i.e., from the mobile UT to the BH BS) are equivalent since they both consist of a succession of a single-input multiple-output and a multiple-input single-output transmissions: therefore, in the following, we generalize our model and refer to HD transmitting and receiving nodes.
Let us thus introduce the stationary, independently marked Poisson point process (PPP) on . We use to denote the PPP of the FD nodes with spatial density ; likewise, and are the isotropic marks of denoting the HD transmitting and receiving nodes, respectively, with fixed distances of the desired links given by and , : evidently, and are PPPs dependent on and have also density . In our scenario, it is reasonable to assume that , since the SCs cover a rather small area compared to the range of the BH BSs. For convenience, in the rest of the paper we use the notation and .
Ii-B Channel Model
We assume that the FD nodes and the HD transmitting nodes transmit with constant power and , respectively; furthermore, the FD nodes are equipped with receive antennas and transmit antennas. The propagation through the wireless channel is characterized as the combination of a pathloss attenuation and a small-scale fading. The pathloss function between the nodes and given by , with pathloss exponent .
Given transmitting node and receiving node , we use the following notation.
We assume that all the channels, except the self-interference channel, are subject to Rayleigh fading with elements distributed independently as . On the other hand, the self-interference channel is subject to Ricean fading  and, therefore, the elements of are distributed independently as . In this regard, one can measure the Ricean -factor and the self-interference attenuation and determine the mean and standard deviation of as (cf. )
Ii-C SINR Characterization
In this section, we characterize the signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) for the FD nodes and the HD receiving nodes, which are needed in the next section to analyze the probability of successful transmission. In doing so, we study the first hop (i.e., the SINR at the FD nodes) and the second hop (i.e., the SINR at the HD receiving nodes) separately under the assumption that the whole point process is reshuffled after the first hop (see details in Section III).
First Hop: Consider a reference FD node indexed by . Building on Slivnyak’s theorem [10, Ch. 8.5], we assume that this is located at the origin and, due to the stationarity of , the statistics of its signal reception are seen by any FD node: we can thus write , with being the distance of from the origin. Hence, the received signal at FD node (its desired transmitter being ) is given by
where (a) represents the desired signal, (b) and (c) indicate the interference coming from FD node and its associated HD transmitting node , respectively, and (d) represents the self-interference. Given the receive combining vector , the resulting SINR reads as
where we have defined
and where is the overall interference at , i.e.,
The success probability of the first hop is derived in Section III-A.
Second Hop: Consider a reference HD receiving node indexed by . Again, following Slivnyak’s theorem, we assume that this is located at the origin and, due to the stationarity of , the statistics of its signal reception are seen by any HD receiving node: we can thus write . Hence, the received signal at HD receiving node (its desired transmitter being ) is given by
where (a) represents the desired signal, (b) indicates the interference coming from FD node , and (c) is the interference from HD transmitting node . The resulting SINR is given by
where we have defined
and where is the overall interference at , i.e.,
The success probability of the second hop is derived in Section III-B.
Iii Success Probability
The successful transmission of a packet over the complete path, i.e., from the HD transmitting node to the HD receiving node through the FD node, is given by the joint ccdf of and , which is denoted by  for a given SINR threshold (without loss of generality, we consider the same SINR threshold for the two hops). Assuming no correlation between the two hops due to independent sampling of a point process being reshuffled after each hop, i.e., the transmission in the two hops occurs over two uncorrelated instances of , it follows that
where we have defined and . The case where the interference is spatio-temporally correlated will be analyzed in a longer version of this paper. Note that, based on the Fortuin-Kasteleyn-Ginibre inequality, the uncorrelated case considered here can be shown to be a lower bound on the network performance. In addition, for notational simplicity, we assume that the system performance is interference-limited and, hence, we consider and .
Iii-a First Hop
In this section, we analyze the success probability of the first hop , i.e., the probability of successful transmission from HD transmitting node to FD node . First, considering in (3), we have (desired signal) and , (interferers).
The self-interference power is Gamma distributed
respectively, where and are the mean and standard deviation, respectively, of the self-interference channel (see (1)) and where we have defined
See Appendix A-A. ∎
Lemma 1 represents a key result of this paper since it provides a formal characterization of the self-interference power experienced by a FD MIMO node with arbitrary beamforming vectors, based on the knowledge of the parameters and (whose values are available either by design or by measurements).
The next theorem provides the success probability of the first hop.
The success probability of the first hop is given by
is the Laplace transform of (cf. (5)), where we have defined
See Appendix A-B. ∎
Given the integral form of in (15), the success probability is not in closed-form and needs to be evaluated numerically; nonetheless, we derive the following lower and upper bounds.
See Appendix A-C. ∎
In order to efficiently compute the derivatives of the bounds (17)–(18), one can resort to the well-known general Leibniz rule [12, Eq. 3.3.8] for the differentiation of the product of two functions : for instance, for , we can write and . In turn, the derivatives of can be computed using Faà di Bruno’s formula  for the differentiation of the composition of two functions , with and . These considerations apply equivalently to the bounds provided in Corollary 3.
The following corollary provides a sufficient condition under which FD outperforms HD in terms of throughput in the case of single-antenna nodes.
Assume that and let . The lower bound for an achievable throughput in the first hop is given by
whereas, if the FD nodes operate in HD mode, the upper bound for an achievable throughput is given by
Then, whenever the following condition holds:
Iii-B Second Hop
In this section, we analyze the success probability of the second hop , i.e., the probability of successful transmission from FD node to HD receiving node . First, considering in (7), we have (desired signal) and , (interferers).
See Appendix B-A. ∎
The Laplace transform of in (25) is bounded as , with
See Appendix B-B. ∎
Iv Numerical Results
In this section, we present numerical results to assess our theoretical findings and, specifically, to compare the performance of FD with respect to HD. In the following, the pathloss exponent is , the distances characterizing the marked PPP are set to m and m, the transmit powers are W and W, and the considered SINR threshold is dB; the parameters and of the self-interference power are computed according to (11), where and are obtained from (1) with Ricean -factor (see  for an experimental characterization of ) and self-interference attenuation dB. Lastly, the FD nodes adopt maximum ratio combining and maximum ratio transmission and, therefore, the beamforming vectors are given by
Figure 2 plots the success probability in (10) over different values of the density . Remarkably, the theoretical bounds obtained in the previous section are reasonably tight. Furthermore, the employment of multiple antennas allows to mitigate the effect of the self-interference of the FD nodes, thus producing substantial SINR gains (observe that to higher values of correspond more terms in the summation (13)).
We now focus our attention on the first hop (subject to self-interference) in order to analyze the benefits of FD. With this objective in mind, we introduce the minimum throughput gain
with and defined in (21) and (22), respectively: this parameter denotes the worst-case gain of FD mode over HD mode in terms of throughput, with indicating that FD outperforms the equivalent HD setup. Figure 3 plots over different values of the self-interference attenuation with , whereas all the other parameters are the same as in the previous simulation. In this setting, we have even for moderate values of the attenuation and, in the specific, when: dB for , dB for , dB for , and dB for . Moreover, the minimum throughput gain is analyzed in Figure 4 as a function of the SINR threshold with and dB: in this respect, it is shown that FD achieves improved performance with respect to HD for any reasonable value of .
This paper analyzes the performance of wireless networks with FD MIMO small cells using stochastic geometry. We characterize the distribution of the self-interference power of the FD nodes for arbitrary receive/transmit beamforming strategies and we derive tight bounds for the success probability. Our framework highlights the beneficial effect of FD, which produces substantial throughput gains over HD for realistic values of number of antennas, node density, self-interference attenuation, and SINR threshold.
Appendix A Success Probability of the First Hop
A-a Proof of Lemma 1
Due to space limitations, we only provide here a sketch of the proof. For notational simplicity, in the following we omit the sub-indices in the beamforming vectors and in the channel matrix and write , with
where is the -th element of , is the -th element of , and is the -th element of . Recalling that , we have and ; on the other hand, for any normalized receive/transmit beamforming vector, we have and . Building on the central limit theorem for causal functions , we approximate a sum of positive random variables by a Gamma distribution with shape parameter and scale parameter defined, respectively, as
A-B Proof of Theorem 1
The success probability of the first hop is given by
where is defined in (5) and denotes the overall interference at . Since FD node is equipped with receive antennas, the power of its desired signal is distributed as and our case falls into the general framework ; hence, the expression in (13) results from applying [15, Th. 1]. On the other hand, the Laplace transform of is obtained as in (38) at the top of the page using the moment-generating function of the Gamma and of the distributions. Finally, applying [4, Th. 1], the expression in (14) readily follows. ∎
A-C Proof of Corollary 1
Appendix B Success Probability of the Second Hop
B-a Proof of Theorem 2
The success probability of the second hop is given by
where is defined in (9) and denotes the overall interference at . Since FD node is equipped with transmit antennas, the power of the desired signal of is distributed as and, similarly as in Appendix A-B, the expression in (24) results from applying [15, Th. 1]. On the other hand, the Laplace transform of is obtained as in (41) at the top of the page using the moment-generating function of the distribution. Again, we resort to [4, Th. 2] and the expression in (25) readily follows. ∎
B-B Proof of Corollary 3
- Before applying active cancellation, the magnitude of the self-interference channel can be modeled as a Ricean distribution with large -factor due to the strong line-of-sight component; after applying active cancellation, the line-of-sight component is reduced, resulting in smaller -factor .
- To improve readability, in the rest of the paper, always refers to a transmitting node and to a receiving node (either FD or HD).
- We define a random variable to have pdf .
- We define a Gamma random variable with shape parameter and scale parameter to have pdf .
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