Systematic Error-Correcting Codes for Rank Modulation Academic Article uri icon


  • 1963-2012 IEEE. The rank-modulation scheme has been recently proposed for efficiently storing data in nonvolatile memories. In this paper, we explore [n,k,d] systematic error-correcting codes for rank modulation. Such codes have length n, k information symbols, and minimum distance d. Systematic codes have the benefits of enabling efficient information retrieval in conjunction with memory-scrubbing schemes. We study systematic codes for rank modulation under Kendall's $ au $ -metric as well as under the $ell -infty $ -metric. In Kendall's $ au $ -metric, we present [k+2,k,3] systematic codes for correcting a single error, which have optimal rates, unless systematic perfect codes exist. We also study the design of multierror-correcting codes, and provide a construction of [k+t+1,k,2t+1] systematic codes, for large-enough k. We use nonconstructive arguments to show that for rank modulation, systematic codes achieve the same capacity as general error-correcting codes. Finally, in the $ell -infty $ -metric, we construct two [n,k,d] systematic multierror-correcting codes, the first for the case of d=O(1) and the second for d=Theta (n). In the latter case, the codes have the same asymptotic rate as the best codes currently known in this metric.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Zhou, H., Schwartz, M., Jiang, A. A., & Bruck, J.

citation count

  • 32

complete list of authors

  • Zhou, Hongchao||Schwartz, Moshe||Jiang, Anxiao Andrew||Bruck, Jehoshua

publication date

  • January 2015