Joint optimization of beamforming, user scheduling, and multiple base station assignment in a multicell network
ABSTRACT This paper presents a practice oriented approach for an optimization of user scheduling, base stations assignment and beamforming with multipoint transmission in a multiuser multicell scenario using statistical channel knowledge. Especially the cell edge users gain if they are served by multiple base stations (BSs). The max-min beamforming optimization balances the signal to interference and noise ratio of all scheduled users. An additional optimization of the scheduling decisions and the assignment of BSs to users can additionally improve the individual rates of the users. A multiuser multicell simulation based on the WINNER II channel model proves the enhanced performance of the presented low complexity algorithm for the network-wide optimization of the three degrees of freedom: optimal transmit beamforming, temporal user scheduling and base station to user assignment.