Fast decoding of polar codes for digital broadcasting services in 5G

He Sun, Emanuele Viterbo, Bin Dai, Rongke Liu

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The rapid revolution of mobile communication technology provides a great avenue for efficient information transmission to facilitate digital multimedia services. In current 5G systems, broadcasting technology is used to improve the efficiency of information transmission, and polar codes are adopted to improve data transmission reliability. Reducing the decoding latency of polar codes is of great importance for ultra-low-latency and reliable data transmission for 5G broadcasting, which still remains a challenge in digital broadcasting services. In this paper, we propose an aggregation method to construct constituent codes for reducing the decoding latency of polar codes. The aggregation method jointly exploits the structure and reliability of constituent codes to increase the lengths of constituent codes that can be decoded in parallel, thus significantly reducing the decoding latency. Furthermore, an efficient parallel decoding algorithm is integrated with the proposed aggregation method to efficiently decode the reliable constituent codes without sacrificing error-correction performance. Simulation results show that the proposed method significantly reduces the decoding latency as compared to the existing state-of-the-art schemes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-738
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Broadcasting
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2024


  • 5G mobile communication
  • 5G/6G
  • Codes
  • Decoding
  • Encoding
  • error control coding
  • Multimedia communication
  • Physical broadcast channel
  • physical downlink control channel
  • Polar codes
  • Reliability

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