Multi-User Multi-Hop Relay Networks: Transmission Schemes and Degrees of Freedom
2015 (English)In: IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, ISSN 1536-1276, E-ISSN 1558-2248, Vol. 14, no 8, 4582-4596 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We study the achievable sum degrees of freedom (DoF) in wireless single-antenna multi-user multi-hop relay networks. In most existing works targeting this problem, it is assumed that relays operate in perfect full-duplex fashion and can also shield their receptions from the transmissions of other relays in the same and rear layers. In practice, such ideal assumptions are normally hard to realize. And a naive adoption of half-duplex operation in relays may result in significantly inefficient use of available radio resources. We propose spectrally-efficient transmission schemes to address this issue. A lower-bound to the networks' available DoF (i.e., optimally achievable sum DoF) hence can be attained. Our results indicate that besides providing information delivery paths, relays can also bring DoF gain over single-hop networks, even when relay interference issues are taken into consideration. This lower-bound would approach the upper-bound of the available DoF, if each relay layer deploys more nodes. When the number of relays in every layer is infinitely large, the exact available DoF is identified, which shows that handling interference issues through distributed signal processing and half-duplex operation across multiple layers of terminals may not negatively affect DoF performance, compared with ideal full-duplex and multi-antenna networks.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 14, no 8, 4582-4596 p.
Degrees of freedom (DoF), multi-user multi-hop relay networks, spectrally-efficient half-duplex relaying, interference alignment
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-173281DOI: 10.1109/TWC.2015.2423279ISI: 000359601900039ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84939506590OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-173281DiVA: diva2:853254
QC 201509112015-09-112015-09-092015-09-11Bibliographically approved