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Distributed joint source-channel coding for relay systems exploiting source-relay correlation and source memory

Xiaobo Zhou1*, Meng Cheng1, Khoirul Anwar1 and Tad Matsumoto12

Author Affiliations

1 School of Information Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292, Japan

2 Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Oulu, P.O. Box 4500, 90014, Finland

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2012, 2012:260  doi:10.1186/1687-1499-2012-260

Published: 16 August 2012


In this article, we propose a distributed joint source-channel coding (DJSCC) technique that well exploits source-relay correlation as well as source memory structure simultaneously for transmitting binary Markov sources in a one-way relay system. The relay only extracts and forwards the source message to the destination, which implies imperfect decoding at the relay. The probability of errors occurring in the source-relay link can be regarded as source-relay correlation. The source-relay correlation can be estimated at the destination node and utilized in the iterative processing. In addition, the memory structure of the Markov source is also utilized at the destination. A modified version of the Bahl, Cocke, Jelinek, and Raviv (BCJR) algorithm is derived to exploit the memory structure of the Markov source. Extrinsic information transfer (EXIT) chart analysis is then performed to investigate convergence property of the proposed technique. Results of simulations conducted to evaluate the bit-error-rate (BER) performance and the EXIT chart analysis show that, by exploiting the source-relay correlation and source memory simultaneously, our proposed technique achieves significant performance gain, compared with the case where the correlation knowledge is not fully used.