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In this paper, the authors propose a novel scheme that combines both cooperative relaying and network coding for further performance improvement. The proposed scheme considers two challenges of network-coded cooperative MAC operating in a realistic wireless network. First, links in realistic networks inherently operate with different data rates due to varying channel conditions and distances between the nodes. Existing works do not consider this issue and consequently the coding advantage is not fully harnessed. In their proposed scheme, they integrate both network coding and multi-rate issues as a single optimization problem. Second, network coding used in existing works require costly and reliable feedback in order to harness the gain.
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