Random Access Cooperative Communication

Authors: Christopher Hunter and Ashutosh Sabharwal


User cooperation has been studied extensively in the literature. This mechanism achieves many of the same gains that can be had by using multi-antenna (MIMO) communications in applications where the size or computational resources of a node are limited. However, existing analysis assumes that the system is scheduled; both the relay and the destination know to listen when a packet is being sent. We present analysis of a class of random access cooperative systems and show that the same performance as the scheduled systems can be achieved as long as certain requirements are met in the packet detection scheme of the relay. In particular, we find that cooperative networks with a static decision threshold on energy detection perform asymptotically no better than simple point-to-point non-cooperative links. However, a decision threshold that dynamically shifts with average SNR allows the system to achieve full spatial diversity.


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	Author = {C. Hunter and A. Sabharwal},
	Booktitle = {Proc. 2008 Asilomar Conference on Signals and Systems},
	Title = {Random Access Cooperative Communication},
	Year = {2008}}

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