Meta-Wall: Intelligent Omni-Surfaces Aided Multi-Cell MIMO Communications

Yutong Zhang, Boya Di, Hongliang Zhang, Zhu Han, H. Vincent Poor, Lingyang Song

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Recently, reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs) have been proposed as a novel solution to enhance wireless communications such as suppressing inter-cell interference. However, signals arriving at a conventional reflecting-type RIS can only be reflected towards one side, leading to a limited service coverage, especially in an indoor environment involving potential obstacles. In this paper, we consider an intelligent omni-surface (IOS) which can provide services for users on both sides by enabling simultaneous signal reflection and transmission. Specifically, we propose an IOS aided indoor communication system where an IOS is embedded in a wall between two independent access points (APs) to suppress inter-cell interference. Due to the independence of the APs, we design a distributed hybrid beamforming scheme consisting of digital beamforming at APs and IOS-based analog beamforming to maximize the sum rate without any exchange of channel state information (CSI) between APs. Simulation results indicate that the proposed system performs very close to an optimal centralized scheme, and has a better sum rate performance compared to existing schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


  • Array signal processing
  • Channel models
  • Electromagnetic scattering
  • Indoor environment
  • Intelligent omni-surface
  • Intercell interference
  • Interference
  • Wireless communication
  • distributed hybrid beamforming
  • inter-cell interference
  • reconfigurable intelligent surface


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