Forward error correction for advanced optical transmission

Ivan B. Bjordjevic, Bane Vasic

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1 Scopus citations


In this tutorial paper, we compare performance of several classes of forward error correction schemes suitable for advanced optical transmission. The first class is based on the concatenation of two RS codes. The second class is based on turbo product codes with BCH codes as component codes. The third class is based on low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes that have attracted much attention over the past decade. The fourth class of codes to be presented is generalization of both turbo product and LDPC codes, known as generalized LDPC (GDLPC) codes. To increase the coding gain while keeping the codeword length reasonable low, the class of nonbinary LDPC codes is introduced. A sophisticated simulator that models all major transmission impairments is used to assess the performance of the error correction schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptical Transmission Systems and Equipment for Networking V
StatePublished - 2006
EventOptical Transmission Systems and Equipment for Networking V - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Oct 2 2006Oct 4 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherOptical Transmission Systems and Equipment for Networking V
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA


  • Concatenated codes
  • Low-density parity-check codes
  • Optical communications
  • RS codes
  • Turbo product codes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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