Rateless Coding with Feedback

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Rateless Coding with Feedback
The erasure resilience of rateless codes, such as Luby-Transform (LT) codes, makes them particularly suitable to a wide variety of loss-prone wireless and sensor network applications, ranging from digital video broadcast to software updates. Yet, traditional rateless codes usually make no use of a feedback communication channel, a feature available in many wireless settings. As such, we generalize LT codes to situations where receiver(s) provide feedback to the broadcaster. Our approach, referred to as Shifted LT (SLT) code, modifies the robust soliton distribution of LT codes at the broadcaster, based on the number of input symbols already decoded at the receivers. While implementing this modification entails little change to the LT encoder and decoder, we show both analytically and through real experiments, that it achieves significant savings in communication complexity, memory usage, and overall energy consumption. Furthermore, we show that significant savings can be even achi...
Andrew Hagedorn, Sachin Agarwal, David Starobinski
Added 24 May 2010
Updated 24 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Authors Andrew Hagedorn, Sachin Agarwal, David Starobinski, Ari Trachtenberg
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