Smart Hybrid-ARQ (SHARQ) for Cooperative Communication Via Distributed Relays in LTE-Advanced
The work described in this paper proposes two Smart Hybrid-Automatic Repeat ReQuest (SHARQ) schemes with incremental redundancy, that are developed for a dual-hop network of two relays implementing cooperative communication. In a dual-hop network consisting of multiple relays, one of the most challenging tasks is to determine an appropriate trade-off point between the end-to-end BLock-Error Rate (BLER) and an additional delay caused due to HARQ retransmissions in two hops. The retransmissions can either be initiated at the relay nodes or at the source node. HARQ protocol for such a network, should therefore be capable of dynamically deciding the node-of-retransmission.