Conference paper

Fountain Capacity

Fountain codes have been successfully employed for reliable and efficient transmission of information via erasure channels with unknown erasure rates. This paper introduces the notion of fountain capacity for arbitrary channels, and shows that it is equal to the conventional Shannon capacity for stationary memoryless channels. In contrast, when the channel is not stationary or has memory, Shannon capacity and fountain capacity need not be equal.


    • LTHI-CONF-2007-005

    Record created on 2007-03-08, modified on 2016-08-08

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