The demand for higher transmission rates and better quality of service in modern wireless
communications is endless. The use of multiple transmit or /and receive antennas has been
considered as one of the most powerful approaches to facilitate high -speed and high -quality
communications. However, in practical cellular systems, mobile terminals may not be able to
support a multiple- antenna setup. Thus an emerging technique called cooperative diversity is
under consideration to utilize the multi -hop relay concept to realize the advantages of multiple - antenna systems in multi -user single- antenna networks. Cooperative diversity has attracted
much interest in recent years as a very promising direction for future wireless communication
Due to the fact that in practice terminals cannot transmit and receive simultaneously (i.e. the
half -duplex limitation), the diversity improvement brought by the standard cooperative diversity
transmission protocols is in general accompanied by a multiplexing loss (equivalent to a
reduction in transmission data rate in high signal -to -nose ratio (SNR)). The purpose of this
thesis is to use advanced transmission protocols to provide both good diversity and multiplexing
performance when using the practical repetition -coded decode - and -forward (DF) relaying
strategy in uplink mobile -to -base station transmission of cellular systems.
The task is fulfilled by relaxing the orthogonal channel allocation requirement of the standard
protocols and by using two relays to take turns forwarding source information to destination.
We start our analysis from an M- source two -relay one -destination network. Through
diversity -multiplexing tradeoff (DMT) analysis, we prove that for an isolated -relay scenario
and a strong -interference scenario, the considered approach effectively recovers the multiplexing
loss induced by the standard protocols while still obtaining diversity improvement over
direct source -destination transmission without considering relaying.
In addition, since the optimal multiplexing gain of the considered system can be achieved by the
above approach, we study further improving diversity performance for a two -source network.
We analyze taking full advantage of the multiple- source structure, multiple -relay structure, and
the capability of affording complex signal processing at the destination (base station). For all
three cases, we prove that the diversity performance of the above approach can be enhanced
without a significant loss of multiplexing performance or using complex coding strategies at
relays. Since the good DMT performance is not affected by source -relay channel conditions,
the protocols discussed in this thesis make relaying more beneficial.