BICM-based cooperative communication systems with relay selection: Constellation and multiplexer design

Muhammad Talha Malik, Md Jahangir Hossain, Mohamed-Slim Alouini

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We propose a new bit-interleaved coded modulation (BICM)-based cooperative communication system where different BICM modules can be optimized jointly considering the average signal to noise ratios of the direct and the two-hop Rayleigh fading channels. As such, the full benefit of BICM can be exploited in the context of cooperative communication. Our design considers cooperative communication systems with so called max-min relay selection scheme that has no loss in performance in terms of diversity- multiplexing trade off in orthogonal cooperation. The presented numerical results for rate 1/2 convolutional code with 8-ary pulse amplitude modulation equivalently 64-ary quadrature amplitude modulation show that the proposed design can offer gains up to 1.4 dB over the traditional BICM design for a target bit error rate of 10-6. Moreover the results show that the amount of gain depends on the relays' positions and increases with the number of relays available for selection.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 IEEE 80th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2014-Fall)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Print)9781479944491; 9781479944491
StatePublished - Sep 2014

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