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The Capacity Region of Two-Receiver Multiple-Input Broadcast Packet Erasure Channels With Channel Output Feedback

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2 Author(s)
Chih-Chun Wang ; Sch. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN, USA ; Jaemin Han

This paper studies the capacity of the two-receiver multiple-input broadcast packet erasure channels (PECs) with channel output feedback, which is in contrast with the single-input setting of the existing works. Motivated by the immense success of linear network coding (LNC) in theory and in practice, this paper first focuses on LNC schemes and characterizes the LNC feedback capacity region of two-receiver multiple-input broadcast PECs. A new linear-space-based approach is proposed, which unifies the problems of finding a capacity outer bound and devising the achievability scheme into a single linear programming problem. In particular, an LP solver is used to exhaustively search for the LNC scheme(s) with the best possible throughput, the result of which is thus guaranteed to attain the LNC feedback capacity. It is then proven by pure algebraic arguments that the LNC capacity region matches a simple capacity region outer bound, which proves that the derived LNC capacity region is indeed the true capacity. A byproduct of the above results is a complete LNC capacity region characterization for two-receiver partially Markovian and partially controllable broadcast PECs.

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Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:60 ,  Issue: 9 )