Millimeter-wave (mmWave) communication is one of the cornerstone innovations of fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks, thanks to the massive bandwidth available in these frequency bands. To correctly assess the performance of such systems, however, it is essential to have reliable channel models, based on a deep understanding of the propagation characteristics of the mmWave signal. In this respect, ray tracers can provide high accuracy, at the expense of a significant computational complexity, which limits the scalability of simulations. To address this issue, in this paper we present possible simplifications that can reduce the complexity of ray tracing in the mmWave environment, without significantly affecting the accuracy of the model. We evaluate the effect of such simplifications on link-level metrics, testing different configuration parameters and propagation scenarios.

Simplified Ray Tracing for the Millimeter Wave Channel: A Performance Evaluation

Mattia Lecci;Paolo Testolina;Marco Giordani;Michele Polese;Michele Zorzi
2020

Abstract

Millimeter-wave (mmWave) communication is one of the cornerstone innovations of fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks, thanks to the massive bandwidth available in these frequency bands. To correctly assess the performance of such systems, however, it is essential to have reliable channel models, based on a deep understanding of the propagation characteristics of the mmWave signal. In this respect, ray tracers can provide high accuracy, at the expense of a significant computational complexity, which limits the scalability of simulations. To address this issue, in this paper we present possible simplifications that can reduce the complexity of ray tracing in the mmWave environment, without significantly affecting the accuracy of the model. We evaluate the effect of such simplifications on link-level metrics, testing different configuration parameters and propagation scenarios.
Proceedings of 2020 Information Theory and Applications Workshop (ITA)
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