On the Stability Region of Amplify-and-Forward Cooperative Relay Networks

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This paper considers an amplify-and-forward relay network with fading states. Amplify-and-forward scheme (along with its variations) is the core mechanism for enabling cooperative communication in wireless networks, and hence understanding the network stability region under amplify-and-forward scheme is very important. However, in a relay network employing amplify-and-forward, the interaction between nodes is described in terms of real-valued "Packets" (signals) instead of discrete packets (bits). This restrains the relay nodes from re-encoding the packets at desired rates.

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