Opportunistic Error Correction: When Does It Work Best for OFDM Systems?


The water-filling algorithm enables an energy-efficient OFDM-based transmitter by maximizing the capacity of a frequency selective fading channel. However, this optimal strategy requires the perfect channel state information at the transmitter that is not realistic in wireless applications. In this paper, we propose opportunistic error correction to maximize the data rate of OFDM systems without this limit. The key point of this approach is to reduce the dynamic range of the channel by discarding a part of the channel in deep fading. Instead of decoding all the information from all the sub-channels, we only recover the data via the strong sub-channels. Just like the water-filling principle, we increase the data rate over the stronger sub-channels by sacrificing the weaker sub-channels. In such a case, the total data rate over a frequency selective fading channel can be increased. Correspondingly, the noise floor can be increased to achieve a certain data rate compared to the traditional coding scheme. This leads to an energy-efficient receiver. However, it is not clear whether this method has advantages over the joint coding scheme in the narrow-band wireless system (e.g. the channel with a low dynamic range), which will be investigated in this paper.

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X. Shao and C. Slump, "Opportunistic Error Correction: When Does It Work Best for OFDM Systems?," International Journal of Communications, Network and System Sciences, Vol. 6 No. 11, 2013, pp. 459-471. doi: 10.4236/ijcns.2013.611048.

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