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In this paper, we present a hybrid automatic repeat request (ARQ) scheme for wireless multicast with incremental redundancy channel coding and packet retransmission. With this scheme, we can reliably deliver the same copy of information to different users with mild delay. In addition, the design of the feedback channel for this scheme can be greatly simplified as no effort must be expended to combat cross user interference. We assume that there is always a packet for the transmitter to send whenever the channel is available. The transmitter is assumed to have a buffer of infinite length so that there is no packet-dropping. Three specific schemes are studied, including generalized slotted ALOHA (GSA), repetition time diversity (RTD), and general incremental redundancy (IR). The scaling laws of the average delay and average throughput with respect of the number of users are derived. In addition, we also derive a condition to obtain a linear scaling for both the throughput and the delay with respect to the number of users. Since every user can achieve no more than the ergodic capacity, we actually achieve the optimal scaling law in this case. Simulation results confirm our findings.
Date of Publication: September 2010