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An Adaptive Optimal Mapping Selection Algorithm for PNC using Variable QAM Modulation

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JournalIEEE wireless communications letters
DateAccepted/In press - 30 Sep 2018
DatePublished (current) - 4 Oct 2018
Issue number2
Pages (from-to) 412 - 415
Original languageEnglish


Fifth generation wireless networks will need to serve much higher user densities than existing 4G networks, and will therefore require an enhanced radio access network (RAN) infrastructure. Physical layer network coding (PNC) has been shown to enable such high densities with much lower back- haul load than approaches, such as Cloud-RAN and coordinated multipoint. In this letter, we present an engineering applicable PNC scheme which allows different cooperating users to use different modulation schemes, according to the relative strength of their channels to a given access point. This is in contrast with compute-and-forward and previous PNC schemes which are designed for the two-way relay channel. A two-stage search algorithm to identify the optimum PNC mappings for given channel state information and modulation is proposed in this letter. Numerical results show that the proposed scheme achieves low bit error rate with reduced backhaul load.

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