Relay selection in underlay cognitive networks with fixed transmission power nodes

Syed Imtiaz Hussain, Mohamed M. Abdallah, Mohamed-Slim Alouini, Khalid A. Qaraqe, Mazen Omar Hasna

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Underlay cognitive networks operate simultaneously with primary networks satisfying stringent interference constraints, which reduces their transmission power and coverage area. To reach remote destinations, secondary sources use relaying techniques. Selecting the best relay among the available ones is a well known technique. Recently, selective cooperation is investigated in cognitive networks where the secondary nodes can adapt their transmission power to always satisfy the interference threshold. In this paper, we investigate a situation where the secondary nodes have a fixed transmission power and may violate the interference threshold. We present two relay selection schemes; the first one excludes the relays not satisfying the interference constraint and then picks up a relay from the remaining ones that can provide the maximum signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). The other scheme uses a quotient of the relay link SNR and the interference from the relay to the primary user and optimizes it to maximise the relay link SNR. We derive closed form expressions for outage probability, bit error rate, channel capacity and diversity of the system for both schemes by using tight approximations. We also study mutual effects of interference. Simulation results confirm the analytical results and reveal that the relay selection is feasible at low SNRs. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)734-747
Number of pages14
JournalTransactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Jul 31 2013

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This publication was made possible by National Priority Research Program grant No. 5-250-2-087 from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of Qatar Foundation). The statements made herein are solely the responsibility of the authors.

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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