Abstract

We introduce Noise Recycling, a method that enhances decoding performance of channels subject to correlated noise without joint decoding. The method can be used with any combination of codes, code-rates and decoding techniques. In the approach, a continuous realization of noise is estimated from a lead channel by subtracting its decoded output from its received signal. This estimate is then used to improve the accuracy of decoding of an orthogonal channel that is experiencing correlated noise. In this design, channels aid each other only through the provision of noise estimates post-decoding. In a Gauss-Markov model of correlated noise, we constructively establish that noise recycling employing a simple successive order enables higher rates than not recycling noise. Simulations illustrate noise recycling can be employed with any code and decoder, and that noise recycling shows Block Error Rate (BLER) benefits when applying the same predetermined order as used to enhance the rate region. Finally, for short codes we establish that an additional BLER improvement is possible through noise recycling with racing, where the lead channel is not pre-determined, but is chosen on the fly based on which decoder completes first.


Presenters

Alejandro Cohen

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Amit Solomon

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ken R. Duffy

Hamilton Institute, Maynooth University

Muriel Medard

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Session Chair

Andrew Thangaraj

Indian Institute of Technology Madras