An Exploration of the Heterogeneous Unsourced MAC

S. Rini, V. K. Amalladinne, J. F. Chamberland

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The unsourced multiple access channel (MAC) model was originally introduced to study the communication scenario in which a number of devices with low-complexity and low-energy wish to upload their respective messages to a base station. In the original problem formulation, all devices communicate using the same information rate: this may be very inefficient in certain wireless situations with varied channel conditions, power budgets, and payload requirements at the devices. This paper extends the original problem setting to allow for heterogeneous transmissions. More specifically, we consider the scenario in which devices are clustered into two classes with different signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) levels and payload requirements. In the cluster with higher power, devices transmit using a two-layer superposition modulation. In the cluster with lower energy, users transmit with the same base constellation as in the high power cluster. Within each layer, devices employ the same codebook. At the receiver, signal groupings are recovered using Coded Compressed Sensing (CCS) decoder. An outer code is further employed to stitch fragments together across times and layers, as needed. This pragmatic approach to heterogeneous CCS is validated numerically and design guidelines are identified.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication55th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2021
EditorsMichael B. Matthews
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781665458283
StatePublished - 2021
Event55th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2021 - Virtual, Pacific Grove, United States
Duration: 31 Oct 20213 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameConference Record - Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers
ISSN (Print)1058-6393


Conference55th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Pacific Grove


  • Approximate message passing
  • Coded compressed sensing
  • Superposition constellation
  • Unsourced random access


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