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Antenna and Node Selection for Multi-Antenna Relay Networks in Correlated Channels
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications Vol.E93-B No.3 pp.629-639
Publication Date: 2010/03/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Wireless Communication Technologies
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In this paper, we investigate the antenna and node selection issues for amplify-and-forward (AF) and decode-and-forward (DF) multi-antenna relay networks in correlated channels. Based on the channel statistics, optimal selection criteria for antenna and relay node are derived jointly, aiming to maximize the ergodic capacity. Instantaneous channel knowledge-based selection schemes, motivated by traditional antenna selection algorithms, are investigated as well. It is shown that the proposed node selection schemes derived from antenna selection on relay nodes are feasible and effective in relay systems. Statistical selection shows considerable capacity gain compared to full complexity scheme and random selection strategy in AF mode, while instantaneous selection performs better in DF relaying. Furthermore, the proposed schemes are shown to be robust to channel estimation errors due to their correlation-oriented nature.