|Simplified Successive Cancellation Decoding of Polar Codes Has Sublinear Latency
|Marco Mondelli, Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria, Austria; Seyyed Ali Hashemi, John Cioffi, Andrea Goldsmith, Stanford University, United States
|C.6: Polar Codes I
|Coding for Communications
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|This work analyzes the latency of the simplified successive cancellation (SSC) decoding scheme for polar codes proposed by Alamdar-Yazdi and Kschischang. It is shown that, unlike conventional successive cancellation decoding, where latency is linear in the block length, the latency of SSC decoding is sublinear. More specifically, the latency of SSC decoding is O(N^(1−1/µ)), where N is the block length and µ is the scaling exponent of the channel, which captures the speed of convergence of the rate to capacity. Numerical results demonstrate the tightness of the bound and show that most of the latency reduction arises from the parallel decoding of subcodes of rate 0 and 1.