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Relay strategies for interference-forwarding

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3 Author(s)
Ron Dabora ; Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, CA, USA ; Ivana Maric ; Andrea Goldsmith

We consider relaying strategies in networks with multiple source-destination pairs and possibly additional outside sources of interference. We study these networks in the discrete, memoryless setup, and focus on relaying strategies based on forwarding the interference. In particular, the relay encodes the interference signal so as to make it easier for the receiver to remove it. The objective is to help receivers with weak interference by making the interference strong enough so that these receivers are able to cancel it completely. Our proposed approach is a combination of ideas from decode-and-forward (DF) and/or estimate-and-forward (EF) but applied to the interfering signal rather than the desired signal. When based only on DF, the relay first decodes (part of) the interfering signal it wants to enhance. It then encodes the interference in such a way as to increase the interference at the assisted receiver. The rate of the relayed interference is not limited by the rate from the relay to the original destination of the forwarded message, thus, interference cancellation is not a by-product of enhancing the desired information at its intended destination, but a goal in itself. We call this method interference-forwarding (IF). IF can also be based on EF where, instead of forwarding the exact interfering signal, the relay simply sends a compressed version of it to the assisted receiver. Rate increase can thus be obtained even if the signal received at the relay is independent of the desired message and consists only of interference and noise.

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Information Theory Workshop, 2008. ITW '08. IEEE

Date of Conference:

5-9 May 2008