Enhanced User Grouping and Power Allocation for Hybrid mmWave MIMO-NOMA Systems

Jinle Zhu, Qiang Li, Zilong Liu, Hongyang Chen, H. Vincent Poor

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Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) and millimeter wave (mmWave) are two key enabling technologies for the fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks and beyond. In this paper, we consider uplink communications with a hybrid beamforming structure and focus on improving the spectral efficiency (SE) and energy efficiency (EE) of mmWave multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO)-NOMA systems with enhanced user grouping and power allocation. It is noted that the optimization of the SE/EE is a challenging task due to the non-linear programming nature of the corresponding problem involving user grouping, beam selection, and power allocation. Our idea is to decompose the overall optimization problem into a mixed integer problem comprised of user grouping and beam selection only, followed by a continuous problem involving power allocation and digital beamforming design. Exploiting the directionality property of mmWave channels, we first propose a novel initial agglomerative nesting (AGNES) based user grouping algorithm by taking advantage of the channel correlations. To avoid the prohibitively high complexity of the brute-force search approach and to address the overlapping beam problem, we propose two suboptimal low-complexity user grouping and beam selection schemes, the two-stage direct AGNES (D-AGNES) scheme and the joint successive AGNES (S-AGNES) scheme. We also introduce the quadratic transform (QT) to recast the non-convex power allocation optimization problem into a convex one subject to a minimum required data rate of each user. The continuous problem is solved by iteratively optimizing the power and the digital beamforming. Extensive simulation results have shown that our proposed mmWave-NOMA design outperforms the conventional orthogonal multiple access (OMA) scenario and the state-of-art NOMA schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2034-2050
Number of pages17
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


  • MIMO
  • NOMA
  • beam selection
  • mmWave
  • power allocation
  • user grouping


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