Efficient error-correcting codes in the short blocklength regime
Journal article, 2019

The design of block codes for short information blocks (e.g., a thousand or less information bits) is an open research problem that is gaining relevance thanks to emerging applications in wireless communication networks. In this paper, we review some of the most promising code constructions targeting the short block regime, and we compare them with both finite-length performance bounds and classical error-correction coding schemes. The work addresses the use of both binary and high-order modulations over the additive white Gaussian noise channel. We will illustrate how to effectively approach the theoretical bounds with various performance versus decoding complexity tradeoffs.

Finite-length performance bounds

Error-correcting codes

Coded modulation

Short packets


Mustafa C. Coskun

Technical University of Munich

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Giuseppe Durisi

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Communication and Antenna Systems, Communication Systems

Thomas Jerkovits

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

G. Liva

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

William Ryan

Zeta Associates, Inc.

Brian Stein

Zeta Associates, Inc.

Fabian Steiner

Technical University of Munich

Physical Communication

1874-4907 (ISSN)

Vol. 34 66-79

Subject Categories


Communication Systems

Signal Processing



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