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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking

, 2013:233

First Online: 22 September 2013Received: 02 April 2013Accepted: 11 September 2013


We propose a relaying scheme based on superposition coding SC with discrete adaptive modulation and coding AMC for a three-node wireless relay system, based on half duplex transmission, where each node decodes messages by successive interference cancelation SIC. Unlike the previous works where the transmission rate of each link is assumed to achieve Gaussian channel capacity, we design a practical superposition-coded relaying scheme with discrete AMC while taking into account the effect of decoding errors at each stage of the SIC process at each node. In our scheme, hierarchical modulation HM is used to create an SC message composed of one basic and one superposed message with optimized power allocation. We firstly introduce the proposed scheme without forward error correction FEC for high signal-to-noise ratio SNR region and provide the optimal power allocation between the superimposed messages. Next, we extend the uncoded scheme to incorporate FEC to overcome bad channel conditions. The power allocation in this case is based on an approximated expression of the bit error rate BER. Numerical results show the performance gains of the proposed SC relaying scheme with HM compared to conventional schemes, over a large range of SNRs.

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Author: Hirofumi Yamaura - Megumi Kaneko - Kazunori Hayashi - Hideaki Sakai


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