Publisher DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2797694
Title: Information-optimum LDPC decoders based on the information bottleneck method
Language: English
Authors: Lewandowsky, Jan 
Bauch, Gerhard 
Issue Date: 23-Jan-2018
Publisher: IEEE
Source: IEEE Access (6): 4054-4071 (2018-01-23)
Journal or Series Name: IEEE access : practical innovations, open solutions 
Abstract (english): The Information Bottleneck method is a powerful and generic tool from the field of machine learning. It compresses an observation to a quantized variable while attempting to preserve the mutual information shared with a relevant random variable. This paper describes a new application of the Information Bottleneck method in communications. It explains in detail, how the Information Bottleneck method can be applied to construct discrete message passing decoders for regular low-density parity-check codes. The obtained decoders process only unsigned integers and use only simple lookup tables as node operations. As a consequence, the decoders can be implemented using only unsigned integer arithmetic which makes them significantly simpler and faster than the state-of-the-art decoders which process real valued log-likelihood ratios. Anyway, included results show that the considered discrete message passing decoders perform surprisingly close to optimum message passing decoders and even outperform state-of-the-art decoders, such as the min-sum decoder. We aim to take the reader on a journey from the theoretical idea of the Information Bottleneck method to a complete design framework for the considered discrete decoders. Several included figures and examples illustrate the decoder construction process and its analysis.
ISSN: 2169-3536
Institute: Nachrichtentechnik E-8 
Type: (wissenschaftlicher) Artikel
Project: Open Access Publizieren 2018 - 2019 / TU Hamburg 
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