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On the study of network coding with diversity

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Zhiguo Ding



Recently proposed physical-layer network coding (PNC) has demonstrated the promise to significantly improve the throughput of wireless networks whose links can be modeled as additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channels. However, the extension to multipath channels is problematic, since the technique would then require both amplitude and phase compensation at each transmitter. Phase compensation requires accurate distributed phase tracking, whereas the required amplitude compensation is even more troubling, as it leads to an inefficient system that yields no diversity even in the presence of perfect channel estimates. Here, a system that avoids these limitations is obtained by reaching up one level higher in the network hierarchy and performing distributed relay selection with cognizance of the PNC technique that we will employ at the physical layer. Since the resulting scheme will achieve a form of selection diversity, we term it ldquonetwork coding with diversityrdquo (NCD). To facilitate performance evaluation, two information-theoretic metrics, the outage and ergodic capacity, are studied. Our analytical and simulation results show that the proposed protocol achieves more robust performance and higher system throughput than comparable schemes. Finally, the proposed network coding is extended to the context of cooperative multiple access channels, which yields a new cooperative protocol with larger outage and ergodic capacity compared with existing transmission schemes.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ding Z, Leung K, Goeckel D, Towsley D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

Year: 2009

Volume: 8

Issue: 3

Pages: 1247-1259

Date deposited: 25/08/2010

ISSN (print): 1536-1276

ISSN (electronic): 1558-2248

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/TWC.2009.07051022


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