Design of irregular repeat-accumulate coded physical-layer network coding for Gaussian two-way relay channels

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IEEE Transactions on Communications, 2013, 61 (3), pp. 897 - 909
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This paper addresses the design of irregular repeat accumulate (IRA) codes for coded physical-layer network coding (PNC) for the binary-input Gaussian two-way relay channel, assuming perfect synchronization and equal received power at the relay. The design is based on a nontrivial extension of EXIT-chart based design. Specifically, we analyze the components of the IRA-PNC scheme and propose an approach to model the soft information exchanged between these components. Then, we develop upper and lower bounds on the extrinsic information transfer functions to characterize the iterative process of computing the network-coded information. Based on that, we construct optimized IRA codes to minimize the computation error at the relay. The optimized IRA-PNC has considerable performance improvement over the existing regular RA coded PNC. For a rate 3/4 code, as an example, we observed improvements of 2.6 dB, and the optimized IRA-PNC scheme is only about 1.7 dB away from the capacity upper bound of the Gaussian two-way relay channel. © 1972-2012 IEEE.
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