Source fidelity over fading channels: Erasure codes versus scalable codes

Konstantinos E. Zachariadis*, Michael L. Honig, Aggelos K. Katsaggelos

*Corresponding author for this work

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We consider the transmission of a Gaussian source through a block fading channel. Assuming each block is decoded independently, the received distortion depends on the tradeoff between quantization accuracy and probability of outage. Namely, higher quantization accuracy requires a higher channel code rate, which increases the probability of outage. Here we evaluate the received mean distortion with erasure coding across blocks as a function of the code length. We also evaluate the performance of scalable, or multi-resolution coding in which coded layers are superimposed, and the layers are sequentially decoded. In addition to analyzing a finite number of layers, we evaluate the mean distortion at high Signal-to-Noise Ratios as the number of layers becomes infinite. As the block length of the erasure code increases to infinity, the received distortion converges to a deterministic limit, which is less than the mean distortion with an infinite-layer scalable coding scheme. However, for the same standard deviation in received distortion, infinite layer scalable coding performs slightly better than erasure coding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGLOBECOM'05
Subtitle of host publicationIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, 2005
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2005
EventGLOBECOM'05: IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, 2005 - St. Louis, MO, United States
Duration: Nov 28 2005Dec 2 2005

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


OtherGLOBECOM'05: IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt. Louis, MO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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