Communication protocols for N-way all-cast relay networks

Tao Cui, Jorg Kliewer, Tracey Ho

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We consider communication protocols for N-way all-cast relay networks, which comprise N source terminals such that each source terminal demands messages from all other source terminals with the help of a relay. The derived protocols are characterized by the fact that physical layer network coding is employed at the relay, where each source has side information about the signals it has sent. Amplify-and-forward (AF) and decode-and-forward (DF) protocols are applied to the N-way relay network setting, where the achievable rate regions for those protocols are derived and compared with outer capacity bounds. We propose several practical space-time coding schemes for AF and DF, and introduce two new protocols denoted as denoise-and-forward (DNF) and estimate-and-forward (EF). Further, for AF and DF the fundamental diversity-multiplexing trade-off is characterized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6266771
Pages (from-to)3239-3251
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • N-way traffic
  • Relay channels
  • cooperation
  • wireless relay networks


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