Outage probability of cognitive relay networks with interference constraints

Jemin Lee, Hano Wang, Jeffrey G. Andrews, Daesik Hong

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This paper evaluates the outage probability of cognitive relay networks with cooperation between secondary users based on the underlay approach, while adhering to the interference constraint on the primary user, i.e., the limited amount of interference which the primary user can tolerate. A relay selection criterion, suitable for cognitive relay networks, is provided, and using it, we derive the outage probability. It is shown that the outage probability of cognitive relay networks is higher than that of conventional relay networks due to the interference constraint, and we quantify the increase. In addition, the outage probability is affected by the distance ratio of the interference link (between the secondary transmitter and the primary receiver) to the relaying link (between the secondary transmitter and the secondary receiver). We also prove that cognitive relay networks achieve the same full selection diversity order as conventional relay networks, and that the decrease in outage probability achieved by increasing the selection diversity (the number of relays) is not less than that in conventional relay networks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5659866
Pages (from-to)390-395
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb

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Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by Korea Science and Engineering Foundation through the NRL Program (Grant R0A-2007-000-20043-0), and in part by the MKE (The Ministry of Knowledge Economy), Korea, under the ITRC (Information Technology Research Center) support program supervised by the NIPA (National IT Industry Promotion Agency) (NIPA-2010-(C1090-1011-0005)). Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/TWC.2010.120310.090852

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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