Statistical Delay and Error-Rate Bounded QoS Provisioning for mURLLC over 6G CF M-MIMO Mobile Networks in the Finite Blocklength Regime

Xi Zhang, Jingqing Wang, H. Vincent Poor

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In supporting the new 6G standard traffic services-massive ultra-reliable low-latency communications (mURLLC), several advanced techniques, including statistical delay-bounded quality-of-service (QoS) provisioning theory and finite blocklength coding (FBC), have been developed to upper-bound both delay and error-rate for time-sensitive multimedia applications. On the other hand, cell-free (CF) massive multi-input multioutput (m-MIMO), where a large number of distributed access points (APs) jointly serve a massive number of mobile devices using the same time-frequency resources, has emerged as one of the 6G key promising techniques to significantly improve various QoS performances for supporting mURLLC. However, it is challenging to statistically guarantee stringent mURLLC QoS-requirements for transmitting multimedia traffics over CF m-MIMO and FBC based 6G wireless networks. To overcome these problems, we develop analytical models to precisely characterize the delay and error-rate bounded QoS performances while considering non-vanishing decode-error probability for CF m-MIMO based schemes. In particular, we develop FBC based system models and apply the Mellin transform to characterize arrival/service processes for our proposed CF m-MIMO modeling schemes. Then, we formulate and solve the delay violation probability minimization problem and obtain the closed-form solution of the optimal rate adaptation policy for each mobile user over 6G CF m-MIMO mobile wireless networks in the finite blocklength regime. Our simulation results validate and evaluate our proposed schemes for statistical delay and error-rate bounded QoS provisioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9186090
Pages (from-to)652-667
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • 6G
  • CF m-MIMO
  • FBC
  • Mellin transform
  • SNC
  • Statistical delay and error-rate bounded QoS provisioning
  • mURLLC


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