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exploiting the cannibalistic traits of reed-solomon codesIn Reed-Solomon codes and all other maximum distance separable codes, there is an intrinsic relationship between the size of the symbols in a codeword and the length of the codeword. Increasing the number of symbols in a codeword to improve the efficiency of the coding system thus requires using a larger set of symbols. However, long Reed-Solomon codes are difficult to implement and many communications or storage systems cannot easily accommodate an increased symbol size, e.g., M-ary frequency shift keying (FSK) and photon-counting pulse-position modulation demand a fixed symbol size. A technique for sharing redundancy among many different Reed-Solomon codewords to achieve the efficiency attainable in long Reed-Solomon codes without increasing the symbol size is described. Techniques both for calculating the performance of these new codes and for determining their encoder and decoder complexities is presented. These complexities are usually found to be substantially lower than conventional Reed-Solomon codes of similar performance.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Collins, O.
(Johns Hopkins Univ. Baltimore, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
August 15, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: JPL, The Telecommunications and Data Acquisition Report
Subject Category
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 310-30-71-83-02
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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