Subcarrier allocation in coded OFDMA uplink systems: Diversity versus CFO

Abstract : In this paper, we analyze the optimal blockwise subcarrier allocation scheme in coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) uplink systems without channel state information at the transmitter side. Due to the Discrete Fourier Transform, the subcarrier gains in OFDMA systems are correlated and this correlation plays a determinant role since it causes a degradation of the transmission performance. As a consequence, there exist some subcarrier allocation schemes which are preferable to achieve higher diversity gains. We propose the minimization of an inter-carrier sum-correlation function defined as the sum of correlations of each subcarrier with respect to the others in the same allocation scheme. We show the robustness of the proposed blockwise allocation policy to the effect of carrier frequency offsets (CFO). Moreover, we propose the block-size which provides the best trade-off between diversity and CFO for practical values of CFO. Finally, numerical simulations validating our results are presented.
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Antonia Maria Masucci, Inbar Fijalkow, Elena Veronica Belmega. Subcarrier allocation in coded OFDMA uplink systems: Diversity versus CFO. IEEE 24th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), Sep 2013, United Kingdom. pp.1446-1450. ⟨hal-00862724⟩

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