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Frequency-Domain Adaptive Algorithm for Network Echo Cancellation in VoIP
© Xiang (Shawn) Lin et al. 2008
Received: 1 November 2007
Accepted: 8 April 2008
Published: 22 April 2008
We propose a new low complexity, low delay, and fast converging frequency-domain adaptive algorithm for network echo cancellation in VoIP exploiting MMax and sparse partial (SP) tap-selection criteria in the frequency domain. We incorporate these tap-selection techniques into the multidelay filtering (MDF) algorithm in order to mitigate the delay inherent in frequency-domain algorithms. We illustrate two such approaches and discuss their tradeoff between convergence performance and computational complexity. Simulation results show an improvement in convergence rate for the proposed algorithm over MDF and significantly reduced complexity. The proposed algorithm achieves a convergence performance close to that of the recently proposed, but substantially more complex improved proportionate MDF (IPMDF) algorithm.
The increase in VoIP traffic in recent years has resulted a high demand for high density NEC in which it is desirable to run several hundred echo cancellers in one processor core. Defining as the length of the impulse response, the PNLMS and IPNLMS algorithms require approximately and number of multiplications per sample iteration respectively compared to for the substantially slower converging NLMS algorithm. Hence, in order to reduce the computational complexity of PNLMS and IPNLMS, the sparse partial update NLMS (SPNLMS) algorithm was recently proposed , which combines two adaptation strategies: sparse adaptation for improving rate of convergence and partial-updating for complexity reduction. For the majority of adapting iterations, under the sparse partial (SP) adaptation, only those taps corresponding to tap-inputs and filter coefficients both having large magnitudes are updated. However, from time to time the algorithm gives equal opportunity for the coefficients with smaller magnitude to be updated by employing MMax tap-selection . This only updates those filter taps corresponding to the largest magnitude tap-inputs. It is noted that partial update strategies have also been applied to the filtered-X LMS (FxLMS) algorithms as described in [14, 15]. Other ways to reduce the complexity of adaptive filtering algorithm include the use of a shorter adaptive filter to model only the active region of the sparse impulse responses as described in .
It is well known that frequency-domain adaptive filtering such as the fast-LMS (FLMS) algorithm  offers an attractive means of achieving efficient implementation. In contrast to time-domain adaptive filtering algorithms, frequency-domain adaptive algorithms incorporate block updating strategies, whereby the fast-Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm  is used together with the overlap-save method [19, 20]. However, one of the main drawbacks of these frequency-domain approaches is the delay introduced between the input and output, which is generally equal to the length of the adaptive filter. Since reducing the algorithmic processing delay for VoIP applications is crucial, frequency-domain adaptive algorithms with low delay are desirable especially for the identification of long network impulse responses. The multidelay filtering (MDF) algorithm  has been proposed in the context of acoustic echo cancellation for mitigating the problem of delay. This algorithm partitions an adaptive filter of length into blocks each of length . As a result, the delay of MDF algorithm is reduced by a factor of compared to FLMS. The benefit of low delay for MDF over FLMS in the context of NEC has been shown in .
The aim of this work is to develop a low complexity, low delay, and fast converging adaptive algorithm for identifying sparse impulse responses presented in the problem of NEC for VoIP applications. We achieve this by incorporating the MMax and SP tap-selection into the frequency-domain MDF structure. As will be shown in this work, applying the MMax and SP tap-selection to frequency-domain adaptive filtering presents significant challenges since the time-domain sparse impulse response is not necessarily sparse in the frequency domain. We first review in Section 2 the SPNLMS and MDF algorithms. We then propose, in Section 3.1, to incorporate MMax tap-selection into MDF structure for complexity reduction. We show how this can be achieved using two approaches and we compare their tradeoffs in terms of complexity and performance. We next illustrate, in Section 3.2, how the sparseness of the Fourier transformed impulse response varies with the number of blocks in the MDF structure. Utilizing these results, we show how the SP tap-selection can be incorporated into the MDF structure for fast convergence and low delay. The computational complexity for the proposed algorithm is discussed in Section 3.3. In Section 4, we present the simulation results and discussions using both colored Gaussian noise (CGN) and speech inputs for NEC. Finally, conclusions are drawn in Section 5.
2. Review of the SPNLMS and MDF Algorithms
2.1. The SPNLMS Algorithm
The sparse partial (SP) update NLMS (SPNLMS) algorithm  utilizes the sparse nature of network impulse response. This algorithm incorporates two updating strategies: MMax tap-selection  for complexity reduction and SP adaptation for fast convergence. Although it is normal to expect that adapting filter coefficients using partial-updating strategies suffers from degradation in convergence performance, it was shown in  that such degradation can be offset by the SP tap-selection.
The variables and define the number of selected taps for MMax and SP, respectively, and the MMax tap-selection criteria given by (6) for the time-domain is achieved by sorting using, for example, the SORTLINE  and short sort  routines. It has been shown in  that, including the modest overhead for such sorting operations, the SPNLMS algorithm achieves lower complexity than NLMS. To summarize, SPNLMS incorporates MMax tap-selection given by (6) and SP tap-selection given by (7) for complexity reduction and fast convergence, respectively.
2.2. The MDF Algorithm
where denotes complex conjugate, is the forgetting factor and is the step-size with . Letting be the input signal variance, the initial regularization parameters  are and . For and , MDF is equivalent to FLMS .
3. The Sparse Partial Update Multidelay Filtering Algorithm
3.1. The MMax-MDF Algorithm
Hence, it can be seen that elements in the vector are obtained from the block of the selected Fourier transformed tap-inputs contained in with indices from to . The adaptation of MMax-MDFN algorithm is described by (23)–(25) and (21).
for and . As opposed to MMax-MDFN, we denote this scheme as the MMax-MDF algorithm since normalization by is removed. Accordingly, elements in for MMax-MDF are computed using (24) and (25), where is obtained from (26). Hence, the adaptation of MMax-MDF algorithm is described by (24)–(26) and (21).
As will be shown in Section 4, the degradation in convergence performance due to tap-selection is less in MMax-MDFN than in MMax-MDF. However, since reducing complexity is our main concern, we choose to use MMax-MDF as our basis for reducing the computational complexity of the proposed algorithm. As will be described in Section 3.2, the proposed algorithm incorporates the SP tap-selection to achieve, in addition, a fast rate of convergence.
3.2. The SPMMax-MDF Algorithm
This enables to reduce with increasing hence allowing adaptation to be more concentrated on the "active" region. A good choice of has been found experimentally to be given by . The proposed SPMMax-MDF algorithm is described in Algorithm 1.
3.3. Computational Complexity
Complexity of algorithms.
4. Results and Discussions
We used a sampling frequency of 8 kHz and white Gaussian noise (WGN) was added to achieve a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 20 dB. The following parameters for the algorithms are chosen for all simulations : . Step-size control variable has been adjusted for each algorithm so as to achieve the same steady-state performance.
We have proposed SPMMax-MDF for network echo cancellation in VoIP. This algorithm achieves a faster rate of convergence, low complexity, and low delay by novelly exploiting both the MMax and SP tap-selection in the frequency domain using MDF implementation. We discussed two approaches of incorporating MMax tap-selection into MDF and showed their tradeoff between rate of convergence and complexity. Simulation results using both colored Gaussian noise and speech inputs show that the proposed SPMMax-MDF achieves up to dB improvement in convergence performance with significantly lower complexity compared to MDF. In addition, the performance of our low cost SPMMax-MDF algorithm approaches that of IPMDF. Since the MDF structure has been applied for acoustic echo cancellation (AEC)  and blind acoustic channel identification , where the impulse responses are nonsparse, the proposed SPMMax-MDF algorithm can also be potentially applied to these applications for reducing computational complexity and algorithmic delay.
Algorithm 1: The SPMMax-MDF algorithm.
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