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On the optimal power-distortion tradeoff in asymmetric gaussian sensor network

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2 Author(s)
Behroozi, Hamid ; Dept. of Math. & Stat., Queen''s Univ., Kingston, ON ; Soleymani, M.R.

We present necessary and sufficient conditions, similar to the recent results of Gastpar (2007), for the achievability of all power-distortion tuples (P,D) = (P1, P2, middot middot middot , PL,D) in an asymmetric Gaussian sensor network where L distributed sensors transmit noisy observations of a Gaussian source through a Gaussian multiple access channel to a fusion center. We show numerically that in general the gap between the provided upper bound and the lower bound of the distortion D is small. We also provide an optimal power allocation that minimizes the total power consumption, Pmacr = Sigmai=1 L Pi, for uncoded transmission scheme while satisfying a given distortion constraint D. Numerical evaluations show that by applying the optimal power allocation uncoded transmission can perform nearly optimal in an asymmetric sensor network subject to a sum-power constraint. In the symmetric case both bounds agree and provide the optimal power-distortion tradeoff (P,D); this agrees with result of (M. Gastpar, 2007). Thus, in the sense of achieving the optimal (P,D) tradeoff, uncoded transmission is optimal in the symmetric case and can be nearly-optimal in the asymmetric case.

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Communications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 6 )