Energy Efficiency of Massive Random Access in MIMO Quasi-Static Rayleigh Fading Channels With Finite Blocklength

Junyuan Gao, Yongpeng Wu, Shuo Shao, Wei Yang, H. Vincent Poor

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This paper considers the massive random access problem in multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) quasi-static Rayleigh fading channels. Specifically, we derive achievability and converse bounds on the minimum energy-per-bit required for each active user to transmit J bits with blocklength n , power P , and L receive antennas under a per-user probability of error (PUPE) constraint, in the cases with and without a priori channel state information at the receiver (CSIR and no-CSI). In the case of no-CSI, we consider both the settings with and without the knowledge of the number Ka of active users at the receiver. Numerical evaluation shows that the gap between achievability and converse bounds is less than 2.5 dB for the CSIR case and less than 4 dB for the no-CSI case in most considered regimes. Under the condition that the distribution of Ka is known in advance, the uncertainty of the exact value of Ka entails only a small penalty in terms of energy efficiency. Our results show the significance of MIMO for the massive random access problem. As an example, we show that the spectral efficiency grows approximately linearly with the number of receive antennas in the case of CSIR, whereas the growth rate decreases in the case of no-CSI. Moreover, in the case of no-CSI, we demonstrate the suboptimality of the pilot-assisted scheme, especially when the number of active users is large. Building on non-asymptotic results, assuming all users are active and J= (1) , we obtain scaling laws of the number of supported users as follows: when L = ({n2 ) and P= ({1}{n2) , one can reliably serve K = {O}(n{2}) users in the case of no-CSI; under mild conditions in the case of CSIR, the PUPE requirement is satisfied if and only if nL\ln KP}{K}=({1}).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1618-1657
Number of pages40
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


  • Energy efficiency
  • MIMO
  • finite blocklength
  • massive random access
  • scaling law


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