Indexed on: 31 Oct '11Published on: 31 Oct '11Published in: Computer Science - Information Theory
We consider the role of Wyner-Ziv binning in compress-forward for relay channels. In the one-way relay channel, we analyze a compress-forward scheme without Wyner- Ziv binning but with joint decoding of both the message and compression index. It achieves the same rate as the original compress-forward scheme with binning and successive decoding. Therefore, binning helps reduce decoding complexity by allowing successive decoding, but has no impact on achievable rate for the one-way relay channel. On the other hand, no binning simplifies relay operation. By extending compress-forward without binning to the two-way relay channel, we can achieve a larger rate region than the original compress-forward scheme when the channel is asymmetric for the two users. Binning and successive decoding limits the compression rate to match the weaker of the channels from relay to two users, whereas without binning, this restriction no longer applies. Compared with noisy network coding, compress-forward without binning achieves the same rate region in certain Gaussian channel configurations, and it has much less delay. This work is a step toward understanding the role of Wyner-Ziv binning in compress-forward relaying.