Date Added: May 2012
Cooperative MAC protocols have been shown to increase the attainable network throughput and to reduce the outage probability when perfect Channel State Information (CSI) is available either at the source station or at candidate relays. This paper investigates the realistically achievable network performance of relay selection schemes under imperfect CSI knowledge. Novel relay selection algorithms, based on a Markov Decision Process (MDP) framework, are proposed for mitigating the performance degradation introduced by imperfect channel knowledge. The authors describe that the performance of cooperative MAC schemes crucially depends on the accuracy of the CSI knowledge.