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In this paper, the authors investigate the Diversity-Multiplexing Tradeoff (DMT) of the multiple-antenna (MIMO) static half-duplex relay channel. The relay channel is assumed to be symmetric in terms of number of antennas, i.e. the source and the destination have n antennas each, and the relay has m antennas. A general expression is derived for the DMT upper bound, which can be achieved by a compress-and-forward protocol at the relay, under certain assumptions. It is observed that the static half-duplex DMT matches the full-duplex DMT when the relay has a single antenna, and is strictly below the full-duplex DMT when the relay has multiple antennas.
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