Telecommunication Systems

, Volume 59, Issue 4, pp 477–489 | Cite as

Link adaptation algorithm for distributed coded transmissions in cooperative OFDMA systems

  • Mihály Varga
  • Mihai-Alin Badiu
  • Vasile Bota


This paper proposes a link adaptation algorithm for cooperative transmissions in the down-link connection of an OFDMA-based wireless system. The algorithm aims at maximizing the spectral efficiency of a relay-aided communication link, while satisfying the block error rate constraints at both the relay and the destination nodes. The optimal solution would be to perform an exhaustive search over a high-dimensional space determined by all possible combinations of modulations, code rates and information block lengths on the individual channels of the cooperative link; clearly, such an approach has an intractable complexity. Our solution is to use a link performance prediction method and a trellis diagram representation such that the resulting algorithm outputs the link configuration that conveys as many information bits as possible and also fulfilling the block error rate constraints. The proposed link adaptation algorithm has linear complexity with the number of available resource blocks, while still provides a very good performance, as shown by simulation results.


Cooperative wireless communications Distributed channel coding Link adaptation Link performance prediction 



The work of M. Varga was supported by the project “Development and support of multidisciplinary postdoctoral programmes in major technical areas of national strategy of Research - Development - Innovation” 4D-POSTDOC, contract no. POSDRU/89/1.5/S/52603, project co-funded by the European Social Fund through Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007–2013. The work of M.A. Badiu was supported in part by the project SIDOC under Contract POSDRU/88/1.5/S/60078”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CommunicationsTechnical University of Cluj-NapocaCluj-NapocaRomania
  2. 2.Department of Electronic SystemsAalborg UniversityÅlborgDenmark

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