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Balancing outage performance of primary user and secondary user by relay-assisted primary transmission
© Zhao et al.; licensee Springer. 2014
- Received: 23 December 2013
- Accepted: 28 February 2014
- Published: 17 March 2014
In this paper, a cooperative transmission protocol for cognitive radio systems is proposed. In this protocol, the primary system comprises a transmitter (PT), a receiver (PR), and a decode-and-forward relay (Relay), while the secondary system comprises a transmitter (ST) and a receiver (SR). Both the ST and the Relay assist the transmissions of the primary users together. The outage probabilities of the primary system and the secondary system are analyzed and verified through simulations. In order to decrease outage probability of the secondary system, power allocation is performed at the ST. However, it will lead to deterioration of outage performance of the primary system. In order to guarantee outage performance of the primary system, a Relay is employed. Compared with two existing protocols, one without cooperation and the other with cooperation of the secondary system only, the proposed protocol is able to better balance outage performances of the primary system and the secondary system.
- Cognitive radio
- Decode-and-forward relaying
- Outage probability
- Power allocation
- Relay network
- Spectrum sharing
With the fast development of the telecommunications industry, wireless spectrum resources are becoming increasingly scarce. Because wireless spectrum resources are limited, improving spectral efficiency and allocating the spectrum resources efficiently become the ways to solve the problem. There are two kinds of users demanding spectrum with different priorities, which are licensed users and cognitive users. Licensed users, also called primary users, have a portion of licensed spectrum to transmit signals. However, cognitive users, known as secondary users, do not own licensed spectrum. As an effective approach to solve the problem of spectrum shortage, spectrum sharing , which allows a portion of secondary users to access the spectrum of primary users without harmful interference, was proposed to realize spectrum reuse. Compared with licensed spectrum, unlicensed spectrum is much less. Under these circumstances, cognitive radio  was proposed to improve the utilization of licensed spectrum.
Cognitive radio is an intelligent technology in spectrum sharing. In cognitive radio, secondary users are allowed to access the licensed spectrum on the condition that secondary users protect the transmissions of primary users to achieve spectrum sharing. In earlier works, the authors focused on some characteristics of a simple spectrum sharing protocol, such as achievable rate and outage performance, where the system consists of a primary and a secondary transmitter-receiver pairs [3–7]. In , the primary system transmitted the signal with the cooperation of the secondary system, and the outage performance of the primary system was improved obviously. A similar protocol with multiple antennas was considered in , where the achievable rate and bit error rate for arbitrary signal-to-noise ratio were analyzed. A protocol with selection of secondary users was considered in , where the outage probabilities of primary and secondary systems decrease as the number of secondary transmitters increases. Cooperative relaying technology was introduced into cognitive radio networks in order to enhance network capacity, scalability, and reliability of end-to-end communications. Though the performance of primary system is improved, the performance of secondary system may not be satisfied. In [10–13], the authors considered a protocol, where an intermediate relay cooperated with the communications between the secondary users, and they have considered the constraints on the average received interference at the primary users. The application of cooperative relays for secondary transmissions with the primary quality of service (QoS) constraint was considered in . In [15, 16], the primary and secondary systems' outage performances and system capacities were studied with the same system model, respectively. Under the condition of keeping the normal transmissions of primary users, the performance of secondary system was ameliorated in [17–20]. In , a relay-assisted scheme was studied, where the relay helped the transmissions of the secondary users, considering interference from primary users. Cooperation diversity technology is able to reduce the effects of fading on signals in wireless communications, and relay selection can improve the achievable rate and reduce the sensitivity of channels at the destination node. Some protocols based on relay selection in cognitive radio were studied. The cooperation diversity and power allocation with optimal relay selection was considered in [22–25]. In , the authors proposed a relay-assisted system in cognitive radio, where the secondary transmitter and a relay competed for a licensed spectrum as long as the interference it incurs was not harmful, and the cooperative diversity gain in terms of outage performance grows as the number of relays increases. Spectrum sharing protocols based on amplify-and-forward relaying in Rayleigh and Nakagami-m fading were studied in [27, 28], and the outage performances of the protocols based on relay selection in Rayleigh and Nakagami-m fading were studied in [29, 30], respectively. In , the authors proposed a power allocation protocol for statistical QoS provisioning in multi-relay decode-and-forward cognitive networks. While these studies mainly considered perfect channel state information, the protocols considering imperfect channel state information have been taken into account. The secondary users' communications may cause harmful interference to the primary users if the channel state information of interference links is imperfect. The primary and secondary systems' outage performances with imperfect channel state information were studied in [32–34].
In the literature mentioned above, it is easy to find that the performances of the primary and secondary systems have been studied separately, but little literature has synthesized both of them to strike a balance. For example, in , the secondary system helps the transmissions of the primary users. Though the outage probability of the primary system is reduced, the outage performance of the secondary system may not be guaranteed. Motivated by this fact, we propose a spectrum sharing protocol for a cognitive relay network. This protocol consists of a primary system and a secondary system. The primary system consists of a primary transmitter (PT), a decode-and-forward relay (Relay), and a primary receiver (PR). A secondary transmitter (ST) and a secondary receiver (SR) constitute the secondary system, which is allowed to access the licensed spectrum. In the proposed protocol, we ensure the outage probability of the primary system with the cooperation of the Relay and the secondary users. On the premise of smooth communications between the secondary users, we adjust the power allocation factor of the secondary system in order to improve the outage performance of the secondary system and maintain the outage performance of the primary system with the cooperation of the decode-and-forward relay.
The rest of this paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, a system model is introduced, where a secondary system and a relay cooperate with a primary system together. In Section 3, the transmission process of the proposed protocol is described, and the outage probabilities of the primary system and the secondary system are analyzed. Moreover, two existing protocols are reviewed for comparison. In Section 4, analytical results are verified through simulations, and effects of various parameters on outage probabilities are analyzed. Finally, some concluding remarks are made in Section 5.
The whole transmission process is divided into two stages. In the first transmission stage, the PT sends a primary signal to the PR, while the Relay and the ST also receive the signal. Then, the primary signal is decoded and superimposed at the ST, while the primary signal is decoded at the Relay. In the second transmission stage, a decoded signal and a weighted linear composite signal are transmitted by the Relay and the ST, respectively. The PR and the SR receive both of the signals sent from the Relay and the ST, respectively. At the PR, the primary signal is retrieved by a maximal-ratio combining (MRC) of the received signals from the two transmission stages. If the SR decodes the primary signal successfully, the primary signal will be removed as an interfering signal, and the secondary signal will be restored.
All the channels are assumed to experience Rayleigh fading . The channel coefficients of the transmission links PT → PR, PT → ST, PT → SR, PT → Relay, ST → PR, ST → SR, Relay → PR, and Relay → SR are recorded by h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, h7, and h8, respectively. Moreover, we assume , i = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, and it means that h i is a circularly symmetric complex Gaussian random variable with variance , where k i represents the normalized distance between two nodes, and v represents the path loss exponent. That is to say, k1, k2, k3, k4, k5, k6, k7, and k8 denote the normalized distances between the PT and the PR, the PT and the ST, the PT and the SR, the PT and the Relay, the ST and the PR, the ST and the SR, the Relay and the PR, and Relay and the SR, respectively. This distance normalization is done with respect to the distance between the PT and the PR, i.e., k1 = 1. Here, we also denote γ i = |h i |2.
3.1 Outage performance of the proposed protocol (scheme A)
We study a two-stage transmission protocol, in which the secondary users and a relay assist the transmissions of the primary users together. As shown in Figure 1, solid lines and dotted lines represent the first transmission stage and the second transmission stage, respectively.
Here, xs denotes the secondary signal, Ps is transmission power of the secondary transmitter, and α is the power allocation factor. If the ST fails to decode xp, it will keep silent in the second transmission stage. Likewise, if the Relay decodes xp successfully, it will continue the transmissions in the next stage; otherwise, it will keep silent.
Here, Pr is the transmission power of the Relay, and nj 2 (j = 1, 2, 3, 4) is an additive white Gaussian noise with zero mean and variance σ2.
- (1)A case that the ST decodes the primary signal x p successfully, but the Relay fails to decode it. In this case, y 11 and y 12 are combined with MRC at the PR. The achievable rate between the PT and the PR is calculated by(8)
- (2)A case that both the ST and the Relay decode the primary signal successfully. Under the circumstances, y 11, y 12, and y 22 are combined with MRC at the PR. The achievable rate between the PT and the PR is calculated by(9)
- (3)A case that the Relay is able to decode the primary signal successfully, but the ST fails to do so. Similarly, MRC will be applied to combine the signals y 11 and y 22 at the PR. The achievable rate between the PT and the PR is calculated by(10)
- (4)For the latter condition, neither the ST nor the Relay decodes the primary signal successfully. The primary signal x p is transmitted through the direct link from the PT to the PR. The achievable rate between them is given by(11)
The secondary signal is transmitted on the condition that both the ST and the SR decode the primary signal xp successfully. In this case, the primary signal will be removed as an interference at the SR . Therefore, the components and can be removed from (6) and (7), respectively. Thus, we have^ and^. So, the secondary signals will be transmitted in two cases, and they are as follows.
3.2 Outage probability of the scheme without cooperation (scheme B)
3.3 Outage probability of the scheme with the cooperation of the secondary system only (scheme C)
In this paper, a cooperative transmission protocol where secondary users and a relay assist the transmissions of primary users was proposed. Compared with the protocol in , the proposed protocol can decrease the outage probability of the secondary system while maintaining the outage performance of the primary system. More specifically, the outage performance of the secondary system is improved by the power allocation at the secondary transmitter. Meanwhile, the outage performance of the primary system is guaranteed by the accommodating a relay.
We would like to thank the National Natural Science Foundation of China (61172055, 61162008), the Guangxi Natural Science Foundation (2011GXNSFB018072, 2013GXNSFGA019004), the Key Project of Chinese Ministry of Education (212131), the Foundation of Department of Education of Guangxi Province (201202ZD045), the Open Research Fund of Guangxi Key Laboratory of Wireless Wideband Communication & Signal Processing (12106, 12103), and the Project of the Key Laboratory of Cognitive Radio and Information Processing (Guilin University of Electronic Technology), Ministry of Education (2013ZR02).
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