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Link Reliability in Cooperative Relaying Using Network Coding
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS. (Radio Communication Systems)
2010 (English)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Demand for high data rates is increasing rapidly for future wireless systems.This trend is due to the increase in the number of mobile subscribers that need bandwidth hungry multimedia applications anywhere, anytime. Fourth generation cellular systems like IMT-advanced are being developed to meet these requirements. The unreliable nature of the wireless medium is one of the main hinderance in providing high data rates. Cooperative communication in cellular networks is emerging as a new paradigm to deal with the channel impairments. User cooperation via fixed relays in cellular systems form multiple access relay channels (MARCs) and provide an effective and cost efficient solution to achieve spatial diversity gains. Network resources can be utilized efficiently by using network coding at cooperating nodes.

A lot of research work has focused on highlighting the gains achieved by using network coding in MARCs. However, there are certain areas that are not fully explored yet. For instance, the kind of the detection scheme used at the base station receiver and its impact on the link performance has not been addressed. In most cases, the outage probability has been used as a performance measure of MARCs. However, it is well known that the outage probability gives information about the signal availability, but it does not give the complete picture about the reliability of the link and the achieved quality of service.

This thesis work looks at the link performance, in terms of symbol error probability, of multiple access relay channels that employ network coding at the relay node. Different types of detection schemes are considered and their performance is compared under different link conditions. Analytical expressions for the average symbol error probability of the cooperating users are derived. Focusing on the uplink of cellular systems, certain rules are devised on how to group users at relay node to ensure mutual benefit for the cooperating users. As a way of improving the link performance of multiple access relay channels and their robustness, the thesis considers constellation selection for the different branches. This method takes advantage of the redundancy between the transmitted symbols created by network coding and the augmented signal space obtained at the base station receiver. The obtained results show that, with a proper selection of the constellation sets, the link performance of MARCs can be improved. The thesis further looks at the interaction between the channel coding schemes of the cooperating users and network coding. It is shown that joint channel-network coding in MARCs can be seen as a product code. This new representation provides considerable flexibility in selecting efficient decoding algorithms at the base station receiver and gives the possibility to use more powerful network coding schemes for MARCs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH , 2010. , 81 p.
Trita-ICT-COS, ISSN 1653-6347 ; 1007
Keyword [en]
Cooperative Communications, Network Coding, Multiple Access Relay Channel
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-25942OAI: diva2:361030
2010-12-09, Electrum C1, SE-16440 Kista, Stockholm, Sweden, 14:00 (English)
Sino-Swedish Cooperative Program: IMT-Advanced and Beyond
QC 20101118Available from: 2010-11-18 Created: 2010-11-07 Last updated: 2010-11-18Bibliographically approved

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