We consider a multi-way relay network with an orthogonal uplink and correlated sources, and we characterise reliable communication (in the usual Shannon sense) with a single-letter expression. The characterisation is obtained using a joint source-channel random-coding argument, which is based on a combination of Wyner et al.'s Cascaded Slepian-Wolf Source Coding and Tuncel's Slepian-Wolf Coding over Broadcast Channels. We prove a separation theorem for the special case of two nodes; that is, we show that a modular code architecture with separate source and channel coding functions is (asymptotically) optimal. Finally, we propose a practical coding scheme based on low-density parity-check codes, and we analyse its performance using multi-edge density evolution.
Australian Research Council.DP120102123
IEEE Transactions on Communications Vol. 61, Issue 2, p. 753-768