Performance analysis of incremental-best-relay amplify-and-forward technique

Salama S. Ikki, Murat Uysal, Mohamed H. Ahmed

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In this paper, we investigate amplify-and-forward (AF) incremental-best- relay cooperative diversity to make efficient use of the channel spectrum by exploiting a limited feedback from the destination terminal, e.g., a single bit indicating the success or failure of the direct transmission. If the destination provides a negative acknowledgment via feedback; in this case only, the best relay among M available relays retransmits the source signal in an attempt to exploit spatial diversity by combining the signals received at the destination from the source and the best relay. Closed-form expressions for the bit error rate, the outage probability and average channel capacity are determined over independent non-identical Rayleigh fading channels. Results show that the AF incremental-best-relay cooperative diversity can achieve the maximum possible diversity order, compared with the conventional cooperative-diversity networks, with higher channel utilization. In particular, the AF incremental-best-relay technique can achieve M + 1 diversity order at low signal-to noise ratio (SNR) and and exhibits a 20 to 30 dB gain relative to direct transmission, assuming single-antenna terminals at high SNR1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGLOBECOM 2009 - 2009 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2009 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Nov 30 2009Dec 4 2009

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


Other2009 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI


  • Amplify-and-forward
  • Best relay
  • Channel capacity
  • Cooperative diversity
  • Error probability
  • Incremental relaying
  • Outage probability
  • Rayleigh fading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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