Joint throughput and transmission range optimization for triple-hop networks with cognitive relay
We design and implement a software-radio system for Superposition Coding (SC), a multiuser transmission scheme that deliberately introduces interference among user signals at the transmitter, using a library of off-the-shelf point-to-point channel codes. We experimentally determine the set of ratepairs achieved by this transmission scheme under a packet-error constraint. Our results suggest that SC can provide substantial gains in spectral efficiencies over those achieved by orthogonal schemes such as Time Division Multiplexing. Our findings also question the practical utility of the Gaussian approximation for the inter-user interference in Superposition-Coded systems.