Compressed Error HARQ: Feedback Communication on Noise-Asymmetric Channels

Sravan Kumar Ankireddy, S. Ashwin Hebbar, Yihan Jiang, Pramod Viswanath, Hyeji Kim

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In modern communication systems with feedback, there are increasingly more scenarios where the transmitter has much less power than the receiver (e.g., medical implant devices), which we refer to as noise-asymmetric channels. For such channels, the feedback link is of higher quality than the forward link. However, feedback schemes for cellular communications, such as hybrid ARQ, do not fully utilize the high-quality feedback link. To this end, we introduce Compressed Error Hybrid ARQ, a generalization of hybrid ARQ tailored for noise-asymmetric channels; the receiver sends its estimated message to the transmitter, and the transmitter harmoniously switches between hybrid ARQ and compressed error retransmission. We show that our proposed method significantly improves reliability, latency, and spectral efficiency compared to the conventional hybrid ARQ in various practical scenarios where the transmitter is resource-constrained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2023 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2023
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665475549
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes
Event2023 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2023 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Jun 25 2023Jun 30 2023

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Conference2023 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2023
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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