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Channel Coding in Communication Networks

From Theory to Turbo Codes

Channel Coding in Communication Networks by Alain Glavieux
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This book starts with a description of information theory by focusing on the quantitative measurement of information and by introducing two fundamental theorems on source and channel coding. It then discusses the basics of channel coding in two chapters, the first devoted to block codes and the second to convolutional codes. In these two chapters, the authors introduce weighted input and output decoding algorithms and recursive systematic convolutional codes, which are used in the rest of the book. In part one the book covers trellis coded modulations, which have their primary applications in high spectral efficiency transmissions. Part two is devoted to an advanced coding technique called turbo codes. These codes, invented in the 1990s by C. Berrou and A. Glavieux, show exceptional performance being at 0.35 dB of the Shannon theoretical limit. The book distinguishes between convolutional turbo codes and block turbo codes, and for each family, the authors present the coding and decoding principles, together with their performances. The book concludes with a chapter on the implementation of turbo codes in circuits. 1. Information theory – Gérard Battail. 2. Block codes – Alain Poli. 3. Convolutional codes – Alain Glavieux and Sandrine Vaton. 4. Coded modulations – Ezio Biglieri. 5. Convolutional turbo codes – Claude Berrou, Catherine Douillard, Michel Jézéquel and Annie Picart. 6. Block turbo codes – Ramesh Pyndiah and Patrick Adde. 7. Installation of turbo codes – Patrick Adde and Ramesh Pyndiah. Alain Glavieux, was an Associate Professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne (ENST Bretagne), where he lectured in signal processing and communication theory and set up a digital communications research group. He was appointed Professor in 1989, and became Head of the Signals and Communications Department in 1994. In 1998, he took charge of ENST Bretagne's Corporate Relations with Industry and, in 2002, became Head of the CNRS laboratory Algorithmic and Hardware Processing of Information, Communications and Knowledge. In 2003, he was appointed assistant director of ENST Bretagne. Together with Professor Claude Berrou, Alain Glavieux developed a new family of error correction codes called turbo codes. He also pioneered the principle of turbo equalization. He received an IEEE Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation in 1998, the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal in 2003, and the French Academy of Sciences Grand Prix France Telecom in 2003. He passed away after a long illness on September 25th, 2004 at the age of 55.
ISTE; September 2006
436 pages; ISBN 9781847045744
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Title: Channel Coding in Communication Networks
Author: Alain Glavieux