Exploiting the Finite-Alphabet Property for Cooperative Relays

Bin Liu, Biao Chen, R.S. Blum
Proceedings. (ICASSP '05). IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, 2005.  
We consider in this paper the design of a cooperative relay strategy by exploiting the £nite-alphabet property of the source. Assuming a single source-sink pair with L relay nodes all communicating in orthogonal channels, we derive necessary conditions for optimal relay signaling that minimizes the error probability at the sink node. The derived conditions allow us to construct an iterative algorithm to £nd the distributed relay signaling that is at least locally optimal. As a byproduct, one
more » ... a byproduct, one can show that the so-called decode-and-forward (DF) relay scheme does not satisfy the necessary condition hence is not optimal in its error probability performance. Indeed, numerical examples show that the proposed scheme provides substantial performance improvement over both DF and the amplify-and-forward approach.
doi:10.1109/icassp.2005.1415720 dblp:conf/icassp/0016CB05 fatcat:fcquupvklvb6jg3ympqdf6dkf4