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Cooperative diversity exploits the broadcast nature of wireless channels by allowing users to relay information for each other so as to create multiple signal paths. This paper analyzes what is the best strategy from the viewpoint of a resource allocation protocol, to match source coding with cooperation diversity for conversational multimedia communications by studying the distortion performance for different schemes. The results show that the best performance is obtained when all layers of a layered-coded source are sent with user cooperation (using decode-and-forward in most cases) if the source-destination channel is bad, and with no user cooperation, if the source-destination channel is good. The results also show that the gains from cooperative diversity outweigh the loss due to the sacrifice in overall bandwidth and that cooperation performance is sensitive to the proportion of communication capacity allocated for cooperation.
Global Telecommunications Conference, 2005. GLOBECOM '05. IEEE (Volume:1 )
Date of Conference: 28 Nov.-2 Dec. 2005