Buffer-Aided Relaying Improves Throughput of Full-Duplex Relay Networks with Fixed-Rate Transmissions

Nikola Zlatanov, Daniel Hranilovic, Jamie S. Evans

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The concept of buffer-aided relaying has recently emerged as a viable solution for improving the performance of wireless networks with half-duplex relays. In this letter, we show that buffer-aided relaying is also beneficial to wireless networks with ideal full-duplex (FD) relays. To this end, we investigate the two-hop FD relay network, which is comprised of a source, an FD relay equipped with a buffer, and a destination where a direct source-destination link does not exist. For this network, we assume that the source and the relay select their transmission rates from discrete sets of available transmission rates, and propose a corresponding buffer-aided relaying scheme, which maximizes the throughput. Our numerical results show that the proposed buffer-aided relaying scheme provides the significant throughput gains compared with conventional FD relaying schemes, which do not employ buffers at the relays.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7560604
Pages (from-to)2446-2449
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Buffer-aided relaying
  • full-duplex
  • throughput

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