Active RIS Assisted Rate-Splitting Multiple Access Network: Spectral and Energy Efficiency Tradeoff

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With the increasing demand of high data rate and massive access in both ultra-dense and industrial Internet-of-things networks, spectral efficiency (SE) and energy efficiency (EE) are regarded as two important and inter-related performance metrics for future networks. In this paper, we investigate a novel integration of rate-splitting multiple access (RSMA) and reconfigurable intelligent surface (RIS) into cellular systems to achieve a desirable tradeoff between SE and EE. Different from the commonly used passive RIS, we adopt reflection elements with active load to improve a newly defined metric, called resource efficiency (RE), which is capable of striking a balance between SE and EE. This paper focuses on the RE optimization by jointly designing the base station (BS) transmit precoding and RIS beamforming (BF) while guaranteeing the transmit and forward power budgets of the BS and RIS, respectively. To efficiently tackle the challenges for solving the RE maximization problem due to its fractional objective function, coupled optimization variables, and discrete coefficient constraint, the formulated nonconvex problem is solved by proposing a two-stage optimization framework. For the outer stage problem, a quadratic transformation is used to recast the fractional objective into a linear form, and a closed-form solution is obtained by using auxiliary variables. For the inner stage problem, the system sum rate is approximated into a linear function. Then, an alternating optimization (AO) algorithm is proposed to optimize the BS precoding and RIS BF iteratively, by utilizing the penalty dual decomposition (PDD) method. Simulation results demonstrate the superiority of the proposed design compared to other benchmarks.




Niu, H., Lin, Z., An, K., Wang, J., Zheng, G., Al-Dhahir, N., & Wong, K. K. (2023). Active RIS Assisted Rate-Splitting Multiple Access Network: Spectral and Energy Efficiency Tradeoff. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 41(5), 1452–1467.

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