Intermittency versus Path Loss in RIS-aided THz Communication: A Data Significance Approach

Yasemin Karacora, Adam Umra, Aydin Sezgin
Computer Science, Information Theory, Information Theory (cs.IT)
2024-01-24 00:00:00
The transition to Terahertz (THz) frequencies, providing an ultra-wide bandwidth, is a key driver for future wireless communication networks. However, the specific properties of the THz channel, such as severe path loss and vulnerability to blockage, pose a significant challenge in balancing data rate and reliability. This work considers reconfigurable intelligent surface (RIS)-aided THz communication, where the effective exploitation of a strong, but intermittent line-of-sight (LOS) path versus a reliable, yet weaker RIS-path is studied. We introduce a mixed-criticality superposition coding scheme that addresses this tradeoff from a data significance perspective. The results show that the proposed scheme enables reliable transmission for a portion of high-criticality data without significantly impacting the overall achievable sum rate and queuing delay. Additionally, we gain insights into how the LOS blockage probability and the channel gain of the RIS-link influence the rate performance of our scheme.
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