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Structured Random Linear Codes (SRLC): Bridging the Gap between Block and Convolutional Codes

Kazuhisa Matsuzono 1 Vincent Roca 2, * Hitoshi Asaeda 1 
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Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, CITI - CITI Centre of Innovation in Telecommunications and Integration of services, Inria Lyon
Abstract : Several types of AL-FEC (Application-Level FEC) codes for the Packet Erasure Channel exist. Random Linear Codes (RLC), where redundancy packets consist of random linear combinations of source packets over a certain finite field, are a simple yet efficient coding technique, for instance massively used for Network Coding applications. However the price to pay is a high encoding and decoding complexity, especially when working on GF(2^8), which seriously limits the number of packets in the encoding window. On the opposite, structured block codes have been designed for situations where the set of source packets is known in advance, for instance with file transfer applications. Here the encoding and decoding complexity is controlled, even for huge block sizes, thanks to the sparse nature of the code and advanced decoding techniques that exploit this sparseness (e.g., Structured Gaussian Elimination). But their design also prevents their use in convolutional use-cases featuring an encoding window that slides over a continuous set of incoming packets. In this work we try to bridge the gap between these two code classes, bringing some structure to RLC codes in order to enlarge the use-cases where they can be efficiently used: in convolutional mode (as any RLC code), but also in block mode with either tiny, medium or large block sizes. We also demonstrate how to design compact signaling for these codes (for encoder/decoder synchronization), which is an essential practical aspect.
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Kazuhisa Matsuzono, Vincent Roca, Hitoshi Asaeda. Structured Random Linear Codes (SRLC): Bridging the Gap between Block and Convolutional Codes. IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM'14), John Donovan (general chair), Dec 2014, Austin, United States. ⟨hal-01059554⟩



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