Enhanced Quasi-Maximum Likelihood Decoding of Short LDPC Codes based on Saturation

Peng Kang, Yixuan Xie, Lei Yang, Chen Zheng, Jinhong Yuan, Yuejun Wei

In this paper, we propose an enhanced quasi-maximum likelihood (EQML) decoder for LDPC codes with short block lengths. After the failure of the conventional belief propagation (BP) decoding, the proposed EQML decoder selects unreliable variable nodes (VNs) and saturates their associated channel output values to generate a list of decoder input sequences. Each decoder input sequence in the list is then decoded by the conventional BP decoder to obtain the most likely codeword. To improve the accuracy of selecting unreliable VNs, we propose an edge-wise selection method based on the sign fluctuation of VNs' extrinsic messages. A partial pruning stopping (PPS) rule is also presented to reduce the decoding latency. Simulation results show that the proposed EQML decoder outperforms the conventional BP decoder and the augmented BP decoder for short LDPC codes. It even approaches the performance of ML decoding within 0.3 dB in terms of frame error rate. In addition, the proposed PPS rule achieves a lower decoding latency compared to the list decoding stopping rule.

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