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Capacity bounds for Cooperative diversity

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1 Author(s)
Host-Madsen, A. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

In a cooperative diversity network, users cooperate to transmit each others' messages; to some extent nodes therefore collectively act as an antenna array and create a virtual or distributed multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) system. In this paper, upper and lower bounds for the information-theoretic capacity of four-node ad hoc networks with two transmitters and two receivers using cooperative diversity are derived. One of the gains in a true MIMO system is a multiplexing gain in the high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) regime, an extra factor in front of the log in the capacity expression. It is shown that cooperative diversity gives no such multiplexing gain, but it does give a high SNR additive gain, which is characterized in the paper

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Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:52 ,  Issue: 4 )