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Two- and four-relay selection schemes for application in interference limited legacy networks

Gaojie Chen*, Ousama Alnatouh* and Jonathon Chambers

Author Affiliations

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2012, 2012:351  doi:10.1186/1687-1499-2012-351

Published: 21 November 2012

Abstract

The limiting effect of multi-user interference from an adjacent cell upon the relays used for cooperative transmission is considered in the context of legacy networks which adopt max(min(·,·)) type relay selection policies. We extend previous work which considered single relay selection to the selection of two or four such relays, as is required in distributed space–time coding. We obtain new analytical expressions for outage probability over Rayleigh frequency flat fading channels for two signal-to-noise ratio regimes. We confirm by simulation that such a relay selection scheme has robustness to relay selection feedback error and outperforms a single relay selection scheme.