On the Diversity-Multiplexing Tradefoff for Wireless Cooperative Multiple Access Systems

Zhiguo Ding, Tharmalingam Ratnarajah, Colin Cowan

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A spectrally efficient strategy is proposed for cooperative multiple access (CMA) channels in a centralized communication environment with $N$ users. By applying superposition coding, each user will transmit a mixture containing its own information as well as the other users', which means that each user shares parts of its power with the others. The use of superposition coding in cooperative networks was first proposed in , which will be generalized to a multiple-user scenario in this paper. Since the proposed CMA system can be seen as a precoded point-to-point multiple-antenna system, its performance can be best evaluated using the diversity-multiplexing tradeoff. By carefully categorizing the outage events, the diversity-multiplexing tradeoff can be obtained, which shows that the proposed cooperative strategy can achieve larger diversity/multiplexing gain than the compared transmission schemes at any diversity/multiplexing gain. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the proposed strategy can achieve optimal tradeoff for multiplexing gains $0leq r leq 1$ whereas the compared cooperative scheme is only optimal for $0leq r leq ({1}/{N})$. As discussed in the paper, such superiority of the proposed CMA system is due to the fact that the relaying transmission does not consume extra channel use and, hence, the deteriorating effect of cooperative communication on the data rate is effectively limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4627-4638
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
Volume55 (9)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Signal Processing


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