The Role of SNR in Achieving MIMO Rates in Cooperative Systems

Provided by: Stanford University Topic: Mobility Date Added: Jan 2012 Format: PDF
The authors compare the rate of a multiple-antenna relay channel to the capacity of multiple-antenna systems to characterize the cooperative capacity in different SNR regions. While it is known that in the asymptotic regime, at a high SNR or with a large number of cooperating nodes, cooperative systems lack full multiplexing gain, in this paper they consider cooperative capacity gain at moderate SNR with a fixed number of cooperating antennas. They show that up to a lower bound to an SNR threshold, a cooperative system performs at least as well as a MIMO system with isotropic inputs; whereas beyond an upper bound to the SNR threshold, the cooperative system is limited by its coordination costs, and the capacity is strictly less than that of a MIMO orthogonal channel.

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