Asymmetric Data Rate Transmission in Two-Way Relaying Systems With Network Coding


Jian Zhao, Marc Kuhn, Armin Wittneben, and Gerhard Bauch


IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Cape Town, South Africa, May 2010.

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We propose a novel transmission scheme for the broadcast phase of two-way relaying systems. The proposed scheme employs network coding at the relay and is able to transmit with asymmetric data rates to the receivers according to their individual link qualities. The idea is that the weaker link receiver exploits a priori bit information in each transmit symbol, so that it only needs to decode on a subset of the transmit signal constellation. Subject to the same bit error rate constraint, the weaker link receiver can decode at lower signal-to-noise ratio compared to the stronger link. The signal labeling used for mapping bits to symbols at the relay is shown to be crucial for the performance at the receivers, and we provide the criterion and method for finding the optimized labeling schemes. Simulations show that the proposed transmission scheme can be applied to practical scenarios with asymmetric channel qualities, and the optimized labeling greatly outperforms conventional ones at both receivers.

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