Fronthaul Compression for Cloud Radio Access Networks: An Information Theoretic View

Séminaire le 28 Septembre 2015, 14h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Amphi F3-09
Prof. Shlomo Shamai, EE Department, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Cloud radio access networks (C-RANs) emerge as appealing architectures for next-generation wireless/cellular systems whereby the processing/decoding is migrated from the local base-stations/radio units (RU) to a control/central units (CU) in the *cloud*. This is facilitated by fronthaul links connecting the RUs to the managing CUs. We focus on oblivious processing at the RU, and hence the fronthaul links carry digital information about the baseband signals, in the uplink from the RUs to the CU and vice versa in the downlink. The high data rate service demands in C-RANs, imply that even with fast (optical) front hauls, let alone for heterogeneous fronhauls, efficient compression of the basedand signals is essential. In this talk we focus on advanced robust signal processing solutions, emerging by network information theoretic concepts, and review also the basic approaches to this cloud network. Multi-hop fronthaul topologies are also discussed. Analysis and numerical results illustrate the considerable performance gains to be expected for different cellular models. Some interesting theoretical directions conclude the presentation.