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Advances in base- and mobile-station aided cooperative wireless communications: an overview

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  • Rong Zhang
  • Li Wang
  • G. Parr
  • O.G. Aliu
  • B. Awoseyila
  • N. Azarmi
  • S. Bhatti
  • E. Bodanese
  • H. Chen
  • M. Dianati
  • A Dutta
  • M. Fitch
  • K. Giridhar
  • S. Hailes
  • K.V.S. Hari
  • M.A Imran
  • AK. Jagannatham
  • A Karandikar
  • S. Kawade
  • M.Z. Ali Khan
  • S.C. Kompalli
  • B. Narayanan
  • J. McGeehan
  • N. Mehta
  • K. Millet
  • K. Moessner
  • R. Rajashekar
  • B. Ramkumar
  • V. Ribeiro
  • K. Vasudevan
  • L. Hanzo
  • J. Bigham
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/03/2013
<mark>Journal</mark>IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine
Issue number1
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)57-69
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In recent years, there has been an upsurge of research interest in cooperative wireless communications in both academia and industry. This article presents a simple overview of the pivotal topics in both mobile station (MS)- and base station (BS)- assisted cooperation in the context of cellular radio systems. Owing to the ever-increasing amount of literature in this particular field, this article is by no means exhaustive, but is intended to serve as a roadmap by assembling a representative sample of recent results and to stimulate further research. The emphasis is initially on relay-base cooperation, relying on network coding, followed by the design of cross-layer cooperative protocols conceived for MS cooperation and the concept of coalition network element (CNE)-assisted BS cooperation. Then, a range of complexity and backhaul traffic reduction techniques that have been proposed for BS cooperation are reviewed. A more detailed discussion is provided in the context of MS cooperation concerning the pros and cons of dispensing with high-complexity, power-hungry channel estimation. Finally, generalized design guidelines, conceived for cooperative wireless communications, are presented.