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CRISP: Curriculum based Sequential neural decoders for Polar code family

S Ashwin Hebbar · Viraj Nadkarni · Ashok Vardhan Makkuva · Suma Bhat · Sewoong Oh · Pramod Viswanath

Exhibit Hall 1 #417

Abstract: Polar codes are widely used state-of-the-art codes for reliable communication that have recently been included in the $5^{\text{th}}$ generation wireless standards ($5$G). However, there still remains room for design of polar decoders that are both efficient and reliable in the short blocklength regime. Motivated by recent successes of data-driven channel decoders, we introduce a novel $\textbf{ C}$ur${\textbf{RI}}$culum based $\textbf{S}$equential neural decoder for $\textbf{P}$olar codes (CRISP). We design a principled curriculum, guided by information-theoretic insights, to train CRISP and show that it outperforms the successive-cancellation (SC) decoder and attains near-optimal reliability performance on the $\text{Polar}(32,16)$ and $\text{Polar}(64,22)$ codes. The choice of the proposed curriculum is critical in achieving the accuracy gains of CRISP, as we show by comparing against other curricula. More notably, CRISP can be readily extended to Polarization-Adjusted-Convolutional (PAC) codes, where existing SC decoders are significantly less reliable. To the best of our knowledge, CRISP constructs the first data-driven decoder for PAC codes and attains near-optimal performance on the $\text{PAC}(32,16)$ code.

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