On the Degrees of Freedom of Parallel Relay Networks
Paper in proceedings, 2010
We study the degrees of freedom (DOF) of a single- antenna M-user time-varying parallel relay network, where the communications between M pairs of unconnected sources and destinations are provided by a large number of half-duplex decode-and-forward (DF) relays. Unlike the conventional relaying strategy which demands all the relays to simultaneously assist the sources, we divide the relays into two clusters and permit them to take turns forwarding the source messages. With appropriate interference alignment design, it is proved that the M-user time-varying relay network has M DOF, provided that the number of relays is infinitely large.