Date Added: Dec 2010
The authors consider a Cognitive Relay Network (CRN) where the Secondary Users (SUs) are involved as cooperative relays in a Primary User's (PU) communication. To avoid generating interference to PU transmissions, it is assumed that SUs can transmit only when the PU's channel is idle. On one hand, SUs use some relay powers to speed up the PU's transmissions. Consequently, PU's buffer will be depleted faster, resulting in more channel idle times (i.e., more transmission opportunities for SUs). On the other hand, due to the energy limit, less power can be used for SU's own transmissions if it uses too much power on relaying.