SWIPT-Enabled Cooperative NOMA with mth Best Relay Selection

Suyue Li, Lina Bariah, Sami Muhaidat, Paschalis C. Sofotasios, Jie Liang, Anhong Wang

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Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) was recently regarded as a potential technique for next generation wireless networks. Recent works on relay selection for cooperative NOMA systems have mainly addressed the best relay selection to forward its received signals to terminal nodes. Nonetheless, in practical scenarios, the best relay may be unavailable due to non-ideal conditions such as scheduling and overload constraints or possibly due to channel feedback delay. Therefore, there is compelling need to consider a more practical solution, in which the best available relay is selected. In this article, we examine the error rate performance for simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT)-enabled NOMA, while considering the selection of the $m$ th best available relay. In particular, we present an exact pairwise error probability (PEP) expression to obtain a bit error rate (BER) upper bound. The asymptotic PEP is investigated to evaluate the achievable diversity order for NOMA users. Finally, simulation results are provided to verify the accuracy of the derived PEP expressions and to give more insights into the system performance.

Original languageBritish English
Article number9260166
Pages (from-to)1798-1807
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society
StatePublished - 2020


  • Diversity order
  • NOMA
  • pairwise error probability
  • relay selection


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