Transceiver Optimization for Block-Based Multiple Access Through ISI Channels

Zhi Quan Luo, Timothy N. Davidson, Georgios B. Giannakis, Kon Max Wong

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In this paper, we describe a formulation of the minimum mean square error (MMSE) joint transmitter-receiver design problem for block-based multiple access communication over intersymbol interference (ISI) channels. Since the direct formulation of this problem turns out to be nonconvex, we develop various alternative convex formulations using techniques of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) and second-order cone programming (SOCP). In particular, we show that the optimal MMSE transceiver design problem can be reformulated as a semidefinite program (SDP), which can be solved using highly efficient interior point methods. When the channel matrices are diagonal (as in cyclic prefixed multicarrier systems), we show that the optimal MMSE transceivers can be obtained by subcarrier allocation and optimal power loading to each subcarrier for all the users. Moreover, the optimal subcarrier allocation and power-loading can be computed fairly simply (in polynomial time) by the relative ratios of the magnitudes of the subchannel gains corresponding to all subcarriers. We also prove that any two users can share no more than one subcarrier in the optimal MMSE transceivers. By exploiting this property, we design an efficient strongly polynomial time algorithm for the determination of optimal powerloading and subcarrier allocation in the two-user case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1037-1052
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2004

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Funding Information:
Manuscript received May 22, 2002; revised May 7, 2003. This work was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada under Grant OPG0090391. Z.-Q. Luo also gratefully acknowledges the generous support from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, where he spent a sabbatical leave when this research work was performed, and the support of the Canada Research Chairs program. G. B. Giannakis was supported by the NSF Wireless Initiative under Grant 9979442. The associate editor coordinating the review of this manuscript and approving it for publication was Dr. Sergios Theodoridis.


  • Frequency division multiple access
  • Intersymbol interference
  • Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing
  • Time division multiple access


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