The performance of robust adaptive modulation over wireless channels with non reciprocal interference

RA Cepeda Lopez, MP Fitton, AR Nix

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Adapting a modem's modulation scheme can significantly enhance the resulting performance over a wireless communications link. Non-adaptive modems are generally designed conservatively for worst-case channel conditions. Adaptive modems are able to exploit the higher channel capacity when good conditions are encountered. A number of different metrics can be used to drive the adaptation process (i.e. automatic repeat request (ARQ) or segment error rate (SER)). Not surprisingly, certain metrics are far more successful than others. This paper presents an investigation of adaptive modulation in the presence of interference. In particular, the case of non reciprocal interference is studied (i.e., cases where the level of interference is different on the forward and reverse links). Research results have shown that if adaptation is performed assuming a reciprocal channel, then poor performance will result for the link experiencing a higher level of interference. In this study, an algorithm is used to calculate a measure of the link quality. This value is then fed back to the other end of the link to adapt subsequent transmissions. Results indicate that the throughput of such a system can be considerably improved when transmitting adaptively using any one of DBPSK, DQPSK or 8DPSK modulation schemes. It is proposed that this simple approach be adopted for short range, ad hoc, wireless personal area networks (WPAN)
Translated title of the contributionThe performance of robust adaptive modulation over wireless channels with non reciprocal interference
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE 55th Vehicular Technology Conference, 2002 (VTC Spring 2002)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages1497 - 1501
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0780374843
Publication statusPublished - May 2002
Event55th Vehicular Technology Conference 2002 (VTC 2002-Spring) - Birmingham, Ala., United States
Duration: 1 May 2002 → …


Conference55th Vehicular Technology Conference 2002 (VTC 2002-Spring)
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBirmingham, Ala.
Period1/05/02 → …

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Rose publication type: Conference contribution

Sponsorship: The authors gratefully acknowledge the directors of Toshiba Research Europe Limited, Telecommunications Research Laboratory for their support and the permission to publish this work

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