This work addresses the optimization of the network spectral efficiency (SE) under successive interference cancellation (SIC) at a given blocklength n. We adopt a proof-of-concept satellite scenario where network users can vary their transmission power and select their transmission rate from a set of encoders, for which decoding is characterized by a known packet error rate (PER) function. In the large-system limit, we apply variational calculus (VC) to obtain the user-energy distribution, the a...
This work addresses the optimization of the network spectral efficiency (SE) under successive interference cancellation (SIC) at a given blocklength n. We adopt a proof-of-concept satellite scenario where network users can vary their transmission power and select their transmission rate from a set of encoders, for which decoding is characterized by a known packet error rate (PER) function. In the large-system limit, we apply variational calculus (VC) to obtain the user-energy distribution, the assigned per-user rate and the SIC decoding order maximizing the network SE under a sum-power constraint at the SIC input. We analyze two encoder sets: (i) an infinite set of encoders achieving information-theoretic finite blocklength PER results over a continuum of code rates, where the large-n second order expansion of the maximal channel coding rate is used; (ii) a feasible finite set of encoders. Simulations quantify the
performance gap between the two schemes.