Physical Layer Abstraction for Multi-Connectivity Communications: Modeling and Analysis

Anwar W, Kumar A, Franchi N, Fettweis G (2022)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2022


Book Volume: 21

Pages Range: 1779-1793

Issue: 3

DOI: 10.1109/TWC.2021.3106771


The multi-connectivity is a key enabler for ultra-reliable low-latency communications. To evaluate its performance and suitability to various use cases system-level studies are essential, where the physical layer (PHY) plays an important role. Therefore, PHY modeling is required which is time-intensive and requires highly complex computations. For this purpose, the PHY performance is usually abstracted in terms of signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR), also known as physical layer abstraction (PLA). However, due to fading, the symbols inside a packet could have different SINRs which require effective SINR mapping to compute an equivalent SINR. In the context of multi-connectivity, the received SINR depends on all connected links where each link experiences independent fading and on the used link combining technique. As a result, the computation of effective SINR also depends on the combining technique and fading experienced by individual links. To model PHY performance by considering all these effects, we develop PLA for multi-connectivity communications. This includes the computation of received symbols SINR for various link combining techniques and mapping them to effective SINR using enhanced exponential effective SINR mapping (eEESM). Furthermore, a new optimization method is introduced for eEESM to reduce its optimization complexity. Simulation results show that the proposed PLA accurately estimate the performance of different order of multi-connectivity communications under various fading conditions.

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Anwar, W., Kumar, A., Franchi, N., & Fettweis, G. (2022). Physical Layer Abstraction for Multi-Connectivity Communications: Modeling and Analysis. IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 21, 1779-1793.


Anwar, Waqar, et al. "Physical Layer Abstraction for Multi-Connectivity Communications: Modeling and Analysis." IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications 21 (2022): 1779-1793.

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