Performance analysis of cooperative relay networks in presence of interference

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In the past decade, cooperative communication has emerged as an attractive technique for overcoming the shortcomings of point-to-point wireless communications systems. Cooperative relaying improves the performance of wireless networks by forming an array of multiple independent virtual sources transmitting the same information as the source node. In addition, when relays are deployed near the edge of the network, they can provide additional coverage in network dead spots. Interference in the network can also be reduced in cooperative communications systems as the nodes can transmit at lower power levels compared to equivalent point-to-point communications systems. Optimum design of a cooperative network requires an accurate understanding of all factors affecting performance. In order to parameterize the performance of cooperative systems, this thesis introduces mathematical models for different performance metrics, such as symbol error probability, outage probability and random coding error exponent, in order to analytically estimate network capacity. A dual-hop network is introduced as the most basic type of relay network. Random coding error exponent results have been obtained using this simple network model are presented along with corresponding channel capacity estimates based on the assumption of Gaussian input codes. Next, a general multihop network error and outage performance model are developed. Detailed mathematical and statistical models for interference relay networks are presented. The basic statistical parameters, cumulative distribution function and probability density function for interference cooperative dual hop relay networks are derived and explored. A partial formulation for the random coding error exponent (RCEE) result is also presented. Simulation results over Rayleigh and Nakagami-m fading channel models are included in each chapter for all of the selected performance metrics in order to validate the theoretical analysis, under the assumption that channels are flat over the duration of one symbol transmission. These results are in close agreement with the predictions of the analytical models.
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