Monograph on Channel Coding Methods for Non-Volatile Memories is Published

Our monograph is published by Foundations and Trends in Information and Communications Theory, February 2016 issue.

 

Link to the monograph is here:

 

Abstract of the monograph:

 

Non-volatile memories (NVMs) have emerged as the primary replacement of hard-disk drives for a variety of storage applications, including personal electronics, mobile computing, intelligent vehicles, enterprise storage, data warehousing, and data-intensive computing systems. Channel coding schemes are a necessary tool for ensuring target reliability and performance of NVMs. However, due to operational asymmetries in NVMs, conventional coding approaches – commonly based on designing for the Hamming metric – no longer apply. Given the immediate need for practical solutions and the shortfalls of existing methods, the fast-growing discipline of coding for NVMs has resulted in several key innovations that not only answer the needs of modern storage systems but also directly contribute to the analytical toolbox of coding theory at large. This monograph discusses recent advances in coding for NVMs, covering topics such as error correction coding based on novel algebraic and graph-based methods, rank modulation, rewriting codes, and constrained coding. Our goal for this work is multifold: to illuminate the advantages – as well as challenges – associated with modern NVMs, to present a succinct overview of several exciting recent developments in coding for memories, and, by presenting numerous potential research directions, to inspire other researchers to contribute to this timely and thriving discipline.

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