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Analysis of a Cooperative Strategy for a Large Decentralized Wireless Network

Abstract

This paper investigates the benefits of cooperation and proposes a relay activation strategy for a large wireless network with multiple transmitters. In this framework, some nodes cooperate with a nearby node that acts as a relay, using the decode-and-forward protocol, and others use direct transmission. The network is modeled as an independently marked Poisson point process, and the source nodes may choose their relays from the set of inactive nodes. Although cooperation can potentially lead to significant improvements in the performance of a communication pair, relaying causes additional interference in the network, increasing the average noise that other nodes see. We investigate how source nodes should balance cooperation versus interference to obtain reliable transmissions, and for this purpose, we study and optimize a relay activation strategy with respect to the outage probability. Surprisingly, in the high reliability regime, the optimized strategy consists on the activation of all the relays or none at all, depending on network parameters. We provide a simple closed-form expression that indicates when the relays should be active, and we introduce closed-form expressions that quantify the performance gains of this scheme with respect to a network that only uses direct transmission.

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hal-00831722 , version 1 (07-06-2013)

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Andrés Oscar Altieri, L. Rey Vega, Pablo Piantanida, Cécilia Galarza. Analysis of a Cooperative Strategy for a Large Decentralized Wireless Network. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 2013, 22 (4), pp.1039 - 1051. ⟨10.1109/TNET.2013.2269054⟩. ⟨hal-00831722⟩
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