Amplify-and-Forward Relaying with Optimal and Suboptimal Transmit Antenna Selection

H.A. Suraweera, P.J. Smith, A. Nallanathan, J.S. Thompson

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Antenna selection schemes offer a good complexity versus performance tradeoff for amplify-and-forward (AF) relay network implementation. In this paper, we consider a dual-hop channel state information assisted AF relay network with a direct source-destination link and investigate the performance of two antenna selection schemes (one optimal and another suboptimal). We derive analytical expressions for the systems' rate outage probabilities and the average bit error rate (BER) that match perfectly with simulation based results in the medium to high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) regimes. We also investigate the channel capacity of the two schemes by deriving tight upper bounds. In order to gain further insights, simple high SNR approximations for the outage probability and the average BER have also been developed. Our theoretical analysis shows that the performance gap between the optimal and suboptimal schemes largely diminishes in the high SNR regime by increasing the number of antennas at the source. Since the suboptimal scheme has a near optimal performance as well as low signaling overhead compared to the optimal scheme, it seems to be a promising solution for implementing future cellular networks expecting to support relay based communications.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1874 -1885
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011

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