Optimization of Permutation Key for Pi-Rotation LDPC Codes

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2006-05-01

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The original low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes were developed by Robert Gallager in early 1960 and are based on a random parity-check matrix construction. In the mid 1990's it was discovered that LDPC codes could be modified slightly to provide the more powerful error correction. These newer LDPC codes, based on an irregular column weight in the underlying check matrix, were still defined with random construction techniques. The Pi-rotation LDPC codes discovered by Echard are a family of LDPC codes completely defined by a small set of integers and have several symmetrical features that are exploited to build efficient encoding and decoding designs. The Pi-rotation codes can be extended to include irregular matrix patterns to obtain the highest performance. In this dissertation we develop a heuristic algorithm to find the best parity-check matrix for Pi-rotation LDPC codes.

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