On the Benefit of Cooperation in Relay Networks

Oliver Kosut, Michelle Effros, Michael Langberg

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This work addresses the cooperation facilitator (CF) model, in which network nodes coordinate through a rate limited communication device. For multiple-access channel (MAC) encoders, the CF model is known to show significant rate benefits, even when the rate of cooperation is negligible. Specifically, the benefit in MAC sum-rate, as a function of the cooperation rate CCF , sometimes has an infinite slope at CCF = 0 when the CF enables transmitter dependence where none was possible otherwise. This work asks whether cooperation through a CF can yield similar infinite-slope benefits when dependence among MAC transmitters has no benefit or when it can be established without the help of the CF. Specifically, this work studies the CF model when applied to relay nodes of a single-source, single-terminal, diamond network comprising a broadcast channel followed by a MAC. In the relay channel with orthogonal receiver components, careful generalization of the partial-decode-forward/compress-forward lower bound to the CF model yields sufficient conditions for an infinite-slope benefit. Additional results include derivation of a family of diamond networks for which the infinite-slope rate-benefit derives directly from the properties of the corresponding MAC studied in isolation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665421591
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event2022 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2022 - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 26 Jun 20221 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Conference2022 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2022

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