# What does "noise power is assumed to be the same at all nodes

I was reading a paper about communications between nodes, and in the simulation section they gave the condition of the simulation as follow :

"...The noise power is assumed to be the same at all nodes..."

In the simulation it is never stated that the transmit power of all nodes are not the same, but if you put them so that they are equal you get an error. My guess is that they mean the noise variances $$σ^2$$ of the nodes are the same. However the simulation result is way off the mark from the result in the paper.

Did I understand their meaning properly?

• Yes, it means the noise variance is the same. Can you give more details about the simulations in the paper and how you approached it? Commented Apr 6, 2019 at 16:51
• @BlackMath The simulations is from "DEVICE-TO-DEVICE COMMUNICATIONS: THE PHYSICAL LAYER SECURITY ADVANTAGE" about measuring secrecy outage probability (SOP) between two modes, one is through a relay R and the other directly between two users A and B, with the present of eavesdropper E. Commented Apr 7, 2019 at 1:21
• The paper derived two formula to calculate the SOPs, based on the location of the eavesdropper. The model based on the fact that SNR is propotional to distance power path loss exponent, and disproportional to noise variance.They assumed that the distances between A, B, and R, and between E and R is known; all SNR between A, B, R is equal, known path loss exponent, target secret rate = 1, number of antennas from R and E is known. Then they find the SOPs as a function of SNR and the SOPs as a function of number of antenna R have. Commented Apr 7, 2019 at 1:23
• I followed the mathematical formula, assuming the transmit power P is given. With known path loss, known distance, I calculate the noise variance value based on given average SNR pAB , which is shared between all nodes, thus find out the according average SNR pAE and pRE. This allow me to map out a very complicated formula f(pAE,pRE,pAB,NR) (NR is the number of antenna R have). In the paper they always have unity SOP values except when E is in an extreme location. In my simulation they have a weird curve, that SOP is prone to attack when SNR level close to 0 but drop in every other SNR. Commented Apr 7, 2019 at 1:36
• I was thinking of sharing the formulas, and how you simulated them in a code, instead of explaining the system model. Commented Apr 7, 2019 at 12:23