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We present a new physical layer network coding (PLNC) scheme, called superimposed XOR, for two-way relay channels. The new scheme specifically takes into account the channel as well as information asymmetry in the broadcast phase of two-way relaying. It is based upon both bitwise XOR and symbol-level superposition coding. We first derive its achievable rate regions when integrated with two known time control protocols over Gaussian channels. We then demonstrate its average maximum sum-rate and service delay performance over fading channels. Compared with the existing bitwise XOR and symbol-level superposition coding, the proposed superimposed XOR scheme achieves larger rate region in asymmetric channels. As a result, it performs much better in terms of averaged maximum sum-rate and service delay over fading channels. Numerical results also show that the proposed practical PLNC closely approaches the capacity bound given by the information-theoretic random binning.
Date of Conference: Nov. 30 2009-Dec. 4 2009