Coordinated multi-point clustering schemes: a survey

Bassoy, S., Farooq, H., Imran, M. A. and Imran, A. (2017) Coordinated multi-point clustering schemes: a survey. IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, 19(2), pp. 743-764. (doi:10.1109/COMST.2017.2662212)

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Abstract

Mobile data traffic grew by 74% in 2015 and it’s expected to grow 8-fold by 2020. Future wireless networks will need to deploy massive number of small cells to cope with this increasing demand. Dense deployment of small cells will require advanced interference mitigation techniques to improve spectral efficiency and enhance much needed capacity. Coordinated multi-point (CoMP) is a key feature for mitigating intercell interference, improve throughput and cell edge performance. However, cooperation will need to be limited to few cells only due to additional overhead required by CoMP due to channel state information (CSI) exchange, scheduling complexity and additional backhaul limitation. Hence small CoMP clusters will need to be formed in the network. This article surveys the stateof- the-art on one of the key challenges of CoMP implementation: CoMP clustering. As a starting point, we present the need for CoMP, the clustering challenge for 5G wireless networks and provide a brief essential background about CoMP and the enabling network architectures. We then provide the key framework for CoMP clustering and introduce self organisation as an important concept for effective CoMP clustering to maximise CoMP gains. Next, we present two novel taxonomies on existing CoMP clustering solutions, based on self organisation and aimed objective function. Strengths and weaknesses of the available clustering solutions in the literature are critically discussed. We then discuss future research areas and potential approaches for CoMP clustering.We present a future outlook on the utilisation of Big Data in cellular context to support proactive CoMP clustering based on prediction modelling. Finally we conclude this paper with a summary of lessons learnt in this field. This article aims to be a key guide for anyone who wants to research on CoMP clustering for future wireless networks.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Imran, Professor Muhammad
Authors: Bassoy, S., Farooq, H., Imran, M. A., and Imran, A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Journal Name:IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials
Publisher:IEEE
ISSN:1553-877X
ISSN (Online):1553-877X
Published Online:01 February 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 IEEE
First Published:First published in IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials 19(2):743-764
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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