Collaboration gain in MAC is limited

Uri Mendlovic, Meir Feder

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Classical MAC coding schemes assume independent transmitted signals, because the given messages are assumed to be independent and the remote transmitters cannot cooperate. However, when the messages are correlated, or in the extreme case of fully cooperative transmitters, a better performance may be achieved. We explore the performance gain of this collaboration and its connection to transmission synchronization. For totally asynchronous transmitters we prove that transmitters collaboration has no performance gain. This result is proven for discrete-value channels. For continuous-value channels we focus on the collaboration gain of the AWGN MAC, indicating that it is bounded by a single bit and a factor of two. We suggest that this collaboration gain diminishes without synchronization as well.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781479951864
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2014 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: 29 Jun 20144 Jul 2014

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Conference2014 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI


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