In the first part, we consider coherent multiuser amplify-and-forward (AF) relaying, where a set of source-destination (S-D) terminal pairs communicate concurrently over the same physical channel and a set of AF relay nodes assist the communication in a half-duplex scheme. We study various relay gain allocation schemes and system imperfections such as phase-noise and noisy channel estimates; investigate the necessary amount of channel information at relays and distributed computation of relay gains; and finally propose clustered relays networks.
We shift our focus to decode-and-forward (DF) relaying in the second part, and address both multiuser one- and two-way multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) relaying. First we consider two MIMO terminals exchanging information via a single MIMO relay node, and then, extend this scenario to the case of simultaneous MIMO communication of multiple S-D pairs. Therein, we investigate achievable rate regions, propose various relay transmit covariance optimizations, and consider channel estimation uncertainty.