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International Journal of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 342512, 15 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/342512
Research Article

Efficient Wireless Broadcasting through Joint Network Coding and Beamforming

School of EECS, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA

Received 19 July 2011; Accepted 18 November 2011

Academic Editor: Manzur Murshed

Copyright © 2012 Monchai Lertsutthiwong et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We develop a framework that exploits network coding (NC) and multiple-input/multiple-output (MIMO) techniques, jointly together, to improve throughput of downlink broadcast channels. Specifically, we consider a base station (BS) equipped with multiple transmit antennas that serves multiple mobile stations (MSs) simultaneously by generating multiple signal beams. Given the large number of MSs and the small number of transmit antennas, the BS must decide, at any transmission opportunity, which group of MSs it should transmit packets to, in order to maximize the overall throughput. We propose two algorithms for grouping MSs that take advantage of NC and the orthogonality of user channels to improve the overall throughput. Our results indicate that the proposed techniques increase the achievable throughput significantly, especially in highly lossy environments.