On energy efficiency and optimum resource allocation of relay transmissions in the low-power regime

Yingwei Yao, Xiaodong Cai, Georgios B. Giannakis

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Relay links are expected to play a critical role in the design of wireless networks. This paper investigates the energy efficiency of relay communications in the low-power regime under two different scenarios: when the relay has unlimited power supply and when it has limited power supply. A system with a source node, a destination node, and a single relay operating in the time division duplex (TDD) mode was considered. Analysis and simulations are used to compare the energy required for transmitting one information bit in three different relay schemes: amplify and forward (AnF), decode and forward (DnF), and block Markov coding (BMC). Relative merits of these relay schemes in comparison with direct transmissions (direct Tx) are discussed. The optimal allocation of power and transmission time between source and relay is also studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2917-2927
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2005

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Manuscript received December 2, 2003; revised August 1, 2004; accepted October 18, 2004. The editor coordinating the review of this paper and approving it for publication is H. Yanikomeroglu. This work was prepared through collaborative participation in the Communications and Networks Consortium sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory under the Collaborative Technology Alliance Program, Cooperative Agreement DAAD19-01-2-0011 and was also supported by the USDoD ARO Grant No. W911NF-05-1-0283. This paper was presented in part at the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Chicago, IL, June 27–July 2, 2004. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for government purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation thereon.


  • Amplify and forward
  • Block markov coding
  • Decode and forward
  • Energy efficiency
  • Relay transmission


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