Transmission Lengths that Maximize Throughput of Variable-Length Coding & ACK/NACK Feedback
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© 2018 IEEE. Variable-length (VL) coding sends an initial codeword followed by subsequent transmissions of incremental redundancy (IR) sent when the decoder indicates through feedback that it has not yet identified a reliable codeword. VL coding is a staple of modern communication to handle fading, and recent theoretical analysis and applications have demonstrated its value on non-fading channels for applications that require short blocklengths. To maximize throughput in a VL setting, the length of each IR transmission should be optimized. Sequential differential optimization (SDO) computes transmission lengths that optimize throughput by minimizing average blocklength. SDO produces a family of solutions that each maximize throughput for a specified maximum number of transmissions. This paper considers the average number of feedback transmissions per message as an alternative metric for the cost of the feedback resource. A Lagrangian approach provides a new SDO solution that jointly minimizes both the average blocklength and the average number of feedback transmissions associated with a message. The mapping of real-valued SDO solutions to the necessarily integer transmission lengths is also addressed.
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Wesel, R. D., Wong, N., Baldauf, A., Belhouchat, A., Heidarzadeh, A., & Chamberland, J.