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MAC Optimization for Half-Duplex Multi-Packet Detection in SC-FDE Saturated Systems

Pereira, M. ; Bernardo, L. ; Dinis, R. ; Oliveira, R. ; Carvalho, P. C. ; Pinto, P.

MAC Optimization for Half-Duplex Multi-Packet Detection in SC-FDE Saturated Systems, Proc IASTED International Conf. on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Networks - PDCN, Innsbruck, Austria, Vol. , pp. 1 - 5, February, 2009.

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This paper deals with multi-packet detection for SC modulations (Single-Carrier) with FDE (Frequency Domain Equalization) to be used in the uplink of wireless systems. We consider iterative frequency-domain receivers that jointly perform the equalization, multipacket separation and channel decoding operations. Our receivers allow high throughput provided that the number of mobile terminals that is trying to access a given slot is equal to or below the multi-packet detection capacity Qmax. We design a MAC protocol able to handle a total number of mobile terminals above Qmax by controlling the number of contending mobile terminals. The paper evaluates the throughput of a saturated system with two retransmission policies: constant probability and exponential backoff. It proposes an optimal configuration for the initial packet transmission probability p associated to each mobile terminal for both policies. Our analytical results are validated using physical and MAC layer simulations, and show that a constant p outperforms the exponential backoff approach for the optimal p value.