Non-Regenerative Multi-Antenna Multi-Group Multi-Way Relaying


Aditya Umbu Tana Amah and Anja Klein


EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, July 2011

DOI: doi:10.1186/1687-1499-2011-29

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We consider non-regenerative multi-group multi-way (MGMW) relaying. A half-duplex non-regenerative multi-antenna relay station (RS) assists multiple communication groups. In each group, multiple half-duplex nodes exchange messages. In our proposal, the required number of communication phases is equal to the maximum number of nodes among the groups. In the first phase, all nodes transmit simultaneously to the RS. Assuming perfect channel state information is available at the RS, in the following broadcast (BC) phases the RS applies transceive beamforming to its received signal and transmits simultaneously to all nodes. We propose three BC strategies for the BC phases: unicasting, multicasting and hybrid uni/multicasting. For the multicasting strategy, network coding is applied to maintain the same number of communication phases as for the other strategies. We address transceive beamforming maximising the sum rate of non-regenerative MGMW relaying. Due to the high complexity of finding the optimum transceive beamforming maximising the sum rate, we design generalised low complexity transceive beamforming algorithms for all BC strategies: matched filter, zero forcing, minimisation of mean square error and BC-strategy-aware transceive beamforming. It is shown that the sum rate performance of non-regenerative MGMW relaying depends both on the chosen BC strategies and the applied transceive beamforming at the RS.


multi-way relaying, non-regenerative, multi-antenna, analog network coding, transceive beamforming

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