Design and analysis of E² RC codes

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Shi, Cuizhu
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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) contains two focuses. The focus on Electrical Engineering teaches students in the fields of control systems, electromagnetics and non-destructive evaluation, microelectronics, electric power & energy systems, and the like. The Computer Engineering focus teaches in the fields of software systems, embedded systems, networking, information security, computer architecture, etc.

The Department of Electrical Engineering was formed in 1909 from the division of the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering. In 1985 its name changed to Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. In 1995 it became the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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We consider the design and analysis of the efficiently-encodable rate-compatible (E2RC) irregular LDPC codes proposed in previous work. In this work we introduce semi-structured E2RC-like codes and protograph E2RC codes. EXIT chart based methods are developed for the design of semi-structured E2RC-like codes that allow us to determine near-optimal degree distributions for the systematic part of the code while taking into account the structure of the deterministic parity part, thus resolving one of the open issues in the original construction. We develop a fast EXIT function computation method that does not rely on Monte-Carlo simulations and can be used in other scenarios as well. Our approach allows us to jointly optimize code performance across the range of rates under puncturing. We then consider protograph E2RC codes (that have a protograph representation) and propose rules for designing a family of rate-compatible punctured protographs with low thresholds. For both the semi-structured and protograph E2RC families we obtain codes whose gap to capacity is at most 0.3 dB across the range of rates when the maximum variable node degree is twenty.


This is a manuscript of an article from IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications 27 (2009): 889, doi: 10.1109/JSAC.2009.090807. Posted with permission.

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