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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 827357, 8 pages
Research Article

On the Degrees of Freedom of Interference Alignment for Multicell MIMO Interfering Broadcast Channels

Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Control Engineering and The Institute for Information Technology Convergence, Hankyong National University, Anseong 456-749, Republic of Korea

Received 5 October 2013; Accepted 25 December 2013; Published 10 February 2014

Academic Editors: Z. Cai and C. Li

Copyright © 2014 Hyun-Ho Choi. 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.


The interference alignment (IA) is a promising technique to efficiently mitigate interference and to enhance capacity of a wireless network. This paper proposes an interference alignment scheme for a cellular network with L cells and K users under a multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) Gaussian interfering broadcast channel (IFBC) scenario. The proposed IA scheme aligns intercell interferences (ICI) into a small dimensional subspace through a cooperative receive beamforming and cancels both the ICI and interuser interferences (IUI) simultaneously through a transmit beamforming. We characterize the feasibility condition for the proposed IA to achieve a total number of degrees of freedom (DoF) of LK in terms of the numbers of transmit antennas and receive antennas. Then we derive the maximum number of DoF achieved by the proposed IA by finding an optimal dimension of ICI alignment subspace for a given antenna configuration. The numerical results show that the proposed IA scheme has a better DoF performance than the conventional schemes.