Compound multiple-access channels with partial cooperation

Osvaldo Simeone, Deniz Gündüz, H. Vincent Poor, Andrea J. Goldsmith, Shlomo Shamai

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A two-user discrete memoryless compound multiple-access channel (MAC) with a common message and conferencing decoders is considered. The capacity region is characterized in the special cases of physically degraded channels and unidirectional cooperation, and achievable rate regions are provided for the general case. The results are then extended to the corresponding Gaussian model. In the Gaussian setup, the provided achievable rates are shown to lie within some constant number of bits from the boundary of the capacity region in several special cases. An alternative model, in which the encoders are connected by conferencing links rather than having a common message, is studied as well, and the capacity region for this model is also determined for the cases of physically degraded channels and unidirectional cooperation. Numerical results are also provided to obtain insights about the potential gains of conferencing at the decoders and encoders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2425-2441
Number of pages17
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


  • Compound channels
  • Conferencing
  • Cooperation
  • Multiple-access channel (MAC)

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