Unveiling the Importance of SIC in NOMA Systems - Part 1: State of the Art and Recent Findings

Zhiguo Ding, Robert Schober, H. Vincent Poor

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

141 Scopus citations


The key idea of non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) is to serve multiple users simultaneously at the same time and frequency, which can result in excessive multiple-access interference. As a crucial component of NOMA systems, successive interference cancelation (SIC) is key to combating this multiple-access interference, and is the focus of this letter, where an overview of SIC decoding order selection schemes is provided. In particular, selecting the SIC decoding order based on the users' channel state information (CSI) and the users' quality of service (QoS), respectively, is discussed. The limitations of these two approaches are illustrated, and then a recently proposed scheme, termed hybrid SIC, which dynamically adapts the SIC decoding order is presented and shown to achieve a surprising performance improvement that cannot be realized by the conventional SIC decoding order selection schemes individually.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9151196
Pages (from-to)2373-2377
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA)
  • hybrid successive interference cancellation (SIC)
  • outage probability error floors


Dive into the research topics of 'Unveiling the Importance of SIC in NOMA Systems - Part 1: State of the Art and Recent Findings'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this