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The multi-session multi-layer broadcast approach for two cooperating receivers

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3 Author(s)
Avi Steiner ; Department of Electrical Engineering, Technion¿Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000, Israel ; Amichai Sanderovich ; Shlomo Shamai

We study the problem of a single source transmitting, over a non-fading Gaussian channel, to two cooperating users exhibiting different signal-to-noise ratios (SNR). Both users are required to decode the source message. This model is similar to the broadcast channel with a common message, however the users cannot reliably decode the message independently, and require some form of conversation in order to decode. The cooperation is performed over a noiseless link with a total capacity limit Ccoop, which the users may utilize for conversation. In order to maximize the achievable throughput, it is suggested to employ the multi-layer broadcast approach combined with multi-session cooperation, such that every session another layer can be decoded. Since the cooperation link is limited, an efficient cooperation scheme is required. The relaying user performs compression accounting for the side information of the decoder in the Wyner-Ziv (WZ) spirit. In multi-session cooperation the compression is in the form of successive-refinement WZ coding. After the first user decodes a layer, the minimal required information is sent back to the second user to allow both of them to decode the message. The minimal required information is achievable with random coding using a binning strategy. While it is expected that multi-session cooperation will potentially be more efficient than a single-session cooperation we show that the maximal throughput is achieved in a single session.

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2008 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory

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6-11 July 2008