Zero-Forcing Based MIMO Two-Way Relay With Relay Antenna Selection: Transmission Scheme and Diversity Analysis

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Executive Summary

The combination of Physical-layer Network Coding (PNC) and Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) is expected to improve the throughput of two-way relay network. In this paper, the authors propose a zero-forcing based MIMO two-way relay scheme in conjunction with a simple Max-Min relay antenna selection. This scheme solves the unpractical constraint encountered by many existing MIMO two-way relay schemes for application, which requires the relay to equip fewer antennas than the end node. Their scheme, on the other hand, benefits from the dedicated relay that has more antennas than the end node. A notable diversity advantage is obtained from judicious relay antenna selection.

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