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Impact of Opportunistic Scheduling on Cooperative Dual-Hop Relay Networks

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3 Author(s)
Nan Yang ; School of Information and Electronics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China, and with the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia ; Maged Elkashlan ; Jinhong Yuan

This letter advocates the performance of a multiuser relay network (MRN) equipped with a single amplify-and-forward (AaF) relay over Rayleigh fading environments. We derive new expressions for the cumulative distribution function (CDF) of the highest instantaneous end-to-end signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) taking into consideration the two cases of fixed gain relays and variable gain relays. Relying on these statistical results, we derive new expressions for the outage probability and symbol error rate (SER), both of which are obtained in exact closed form. Furthermore, we derive simple asymptotic outage probability and SER. Our asymptotic results confirm that opportunistic scheduling has no impact on the diversity order. We further prove that the array gain is what determines the SNR advantage of opportunistic scheduling over the single user scenario.

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IEEE Transactions on Communications  (Volume:59 ,  Issue: 3 )