June 04, 2017

Flexible Multi-Bit Feedback Design for HARQ Operation of Large-Size Data Packets in 5G

  • Khosravirad S.
  • Mudolo L.
  • Pedersen K.

A reliable feedback channel is vital to report decoding acknowledgments in retransmission mechanisms such as the hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ). While the feedback bits are known to be costly for the wireless link, a feedback message more informative than the conventional single-bit feedback can increase resource utilization efficiency. Considering the practical limitations for increasing feedback message size, this paper proposes a framework for the design of flexible-content multi-bit feedback. The proposed design is capable of efficiently indicating the faulty segments of a failed large-size data packet thanks to which the transmitter node can reduce the retransmission size to only include the initially failed segments of the packet. We study the effect of feedback size on retransmission efficiency through extensive link-level simulations over realistic channel models. Numerical result present significant savings in retransmission resources offered by the proposed flexible-content feedback design.?

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