Alternate transmission relaying based on interference alignment in 3-relay half-duplex MIMO systems

Seong Ho Park, Ki Hong Park, Young Chai Ko, Mohamed Slim Alouini

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In a half-duplex relaying, the capacity pre-log factor 1/2 is a major drawback in spectral efficiency. This paper proposes a linear precoding/decoding scheme and an alternate relaying protocol in a dual-hop half-duplex system where three relays help the communication between the source and the destination. In our proposed scheme, we consider a phase incoherent method in relays in which the source alternately transmits message signals to the different relays. In addition, we propose a linear interference alignment scheme which can suppress the inter-relay interference resulting from the phase incoherence of relaying. Based on our analysis of degrees of freedom and our simulation results, we show that our proposed scheme achieves additional degrees of freedom compared to the conventional half-duplex relaying.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6280245
Pages (from-to)1383-1389
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Relay channel
  • alternate transmission
  • and phase incoherence
  • decode-and-forward
  • degrees of freedom
  • half-duplex
  • interference alignment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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