An Improved Outer Bound on the Storage-Repair-Bandwidth Tradeoff of Exact-Repair Regenerating Codes

Birenjith Sasidharan, Kaushik Senthoor, P. Vijay Kumar

In this paper we establish an improved outer bound on the storage-repair-bandwidth tradeoff of regenerating codes under exact repair. The result shows that in particular, it is not possible to construct exact-repair regenerating codes that asymptotically achieve the tradeoff that holds for functional repair. While this had been shown earlier by Tian for the special case of $[n,k,d]=[4,3,3]$ the present result holds for general $[n,k,d]$. The new outer bound is obtained by building on the framework established earlier by Shah et al.

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