Two New Approaches to Bandwidth-Efficient Partnering for Cooperative Diversity
This paper presents two new techniques employing bandwidth-efficient modulation to enable two partners to cooperatively convey their data to a common destination. Both approaches integrate relaying and channel coding, exploiting the fact that each partner knows the data relayed by the other partner to enhance the partner-to-partner link. The first approach is based on Bit-Interleaved Coded Modulation (BICM); a key innovation is the use of Set-Partition (SP) labelling that enables the receiving partner to demodulate and decode based on a sparse subset of the original constellation. The second approach is based on Trellis Coded Modulation (TCM); the local and relayed data are multiplexed together prior to encoding, and the receiving partner prunes the trellis edges inconsistent with the known relayed data.