Update-Efficient Error-Correcting Product-Matrix Codes Academic Article uri icon

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  • Regenerating codes provide an efficient way to recover data at failed nodes in distributed storage systems. It has been shown that regenerating codes can be designed to minimize the per-node storage (called MSR) or minimize the communication overhead for regeneration (called MBR). In this work, we propose new encoding schemes for $[n,d]$ error-correcting MSR and MBR codes that generalize our earlier work on error-correcting regenerating codes. We show that by choosing a suitable diagonal matrix, any generator matrix of the $[n,\alpha]$ Reed-Solomon (RS) code can be integrated into the encoding matrix. Hence, MSR codes with the least update complexity can be found. By using the coefficients of generator polynomials of $[n,k]$ and $[n,d]$ RS codes, we present a least-update-complexity encoding scheme for MBR codes. A decoding scheme is proposed that utilizes the $[n,\alpha]$ RS code to perform data reconstruction for MSR codes. The proposed decoding scheme has better error correction capability and incurs the least number of node accesses when errors are present. A new decoding scheme is also proposed for MBR codes that can correct more error-patterns.


  • Han, Yunghsiang S
  • Pai, Hung-Ta
  • Zheng, Rong
  • Varshney, Pramod K

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  • June 2015