Performance analysis of generic amplify-and-forward cooperative networks over asymmetric fading channels

Mohammadali Mohammadi*, Zahra Mobini, Mehrdad Ardebilipour, Behrad Mahboobi

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In this paper, we analyze the performance of multi-hop multi-branch amplifyand- forward (AF) networks over generalized fading channels. Using the moment generating function (MGF)-based approach, we develop general expressions for the outage probability and symbol-error rate (SER) performance of the system with maximal ratio combining (MRC) receiver. The MGF-based approach relies on numerical integration. To gain insights into system performance, we therefore investigate the asymptotic outage and SER performance of the system with MRC and selection combining (SC) receiver at the destination. In particular, we develop the asymptotic statistics of the end-to-end signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of an AF multi-hop link.We further derive the cumulative density function of the sum of the individual end-to-end SNRs, received from different diversity paths for MRC receiver. We also study the power allocation problem in a multi-hop multi-branch system with MRC receiver. In generalized Gamma fading environments, we seek to find the power allocation strategy that maximizes the SNR at the destination subject to a total power constraint. By means of simulations, we validate our theoretical developments and verify the efficiency of our proposed power allocation in improving the received SNR compared to a generic cooperative system with no power allocation. We also conclude that our asymptotic expressions for the outage probability and SER match the simulations very well in medium-to-high-SNR regime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-70
Number of pages22
JournalWireless Personal Communications
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Amplify-and-forward
  • Generalized fading channel
  • Multi-hop multi-branch system
  • Outage probability
  • Power allocation
  • Symbol-error rate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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