Two-Relay Distributed Switch and Stay Combining

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Executive Summary

The authors study a Distributed version of Switch-and-Stay Combining (DSSC) for systems that utilize two relays. In particular, four different scenarios are considered, depending on a) whether or not the source-destination channel is taken into account, and b) the type of relaying, i.e., decode and forward or amplify and forward. A performance analysis in terms of outage and bit error probability is presented, when operating over Rayleigh fading channels. Numerical results demonstrate that two-relay DSSC achieves the same diversity gain and outage performance as if the best relay is selected for each transmission slot, albeit simpler.

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