Hybrid ARQ in block-fading channels with an energy harvesting receiver

Hajar Mahdavi-Doost, Roy D. Yates

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We consider a communication system with energy harvesting at a receiver for which the processing energy is the bottleneck. We propose using hybrid automatic retransmission request (HARQ) with soft combining to reduce the processing energy and improve the throughput under limited receiver energy. In this protocol, the receiver keeps requesting additional redundancy in order to increase the gap between transmission rate and the overall accumulated mutual information (so-called capacity gap), which in turn reduces the processing energy. We compare the performance of two HARQ schemes: (1) incremental redundancy (IR) HARQ, which incrementally increases the code-length by sending additional coded symbols (parity symbols) in each retransmission and (2) Repetition-HARQ, which simply repeats transmitting the same coded message (codeword) in response to the retransmission requests, and applies maximum ratio combining (MRC) at the receiver. In these systems, the decoding energy is a decreasing function of the capacity gap but an increasing function of the code-length. The IR-HARQ protocol yields a better capacity gap, but increases the code-length, while Repetition-HARQ offers less improvement in the capacity gap, but does not increase the effective code-length. Thus, contrary to systems without an energy constraint on receiver processing in which IR-HARQ always performs better, here, depending on the system parameters, repetition-HARQ can outperform IR-HARQ.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781467377041
StatePublished - Sep 28 2015
EventIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2015 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: Jun 14 2015Jun 19 2015

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings


OtherIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2015
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modeling and Simulation


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