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Performance evaluation of distributed STBC in wireless relay networks with imperfect CSI

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3 Author(s)
Jaafar, W. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Ecole Polytech. de Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada ; Ajib, W. ; Haccoun, D.

It has been shown that cooperative communication techniques have a great potential to increase the diversity in wireless relay networks and hence improve the Bit Error Rate (BER). When exploiting many users as relay nodes, a multi-antenna network called virtual-MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) is set up. This special technique helps to solve the problem of transmission error occurrences when sending information through a low quality radio channel. Consequently, the transmission gets a better reliability and higher transmission rate. In this work, we focus on the distributed Space-Time-Block- Coding (STBC) with Amplify-and-Forward (AF) and Decode-and-Forward (DF) relays, for various network configurations and channel knowledge conditions. We investigate and evaluate the performance - in term of BER - of a cooperative communication system using multiple relays equipped with multiple antennas when DSTBC coding is employed at the relays with AF (or DF) relaying. Also, we examine the behavior of these cooperative communication techniques when the Channel State Information (CSI) available at the receivers is imperfect.

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Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, 2009 IEEE 20th International Symposium on

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13-16 Sept. 2009