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Reed-Solomon Forward Error Correction (FEC) Schemes
RFC 5510

Document type: RFC - Proposed Standard (April 2009)
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Network Working Group                                           J. Lacan
Request for Comments: 5510                                ISAE/LAAS-CNRS
Category: Standards Track                                        V. Roca
                                                                   INRIA
                                                            J. Peltotalo
                                                            S. Peltotalo
                                        Tampere University of Technology
                                                              April 2009

          Reed-Solomon Forward Error Correction (FEC) Schemes

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Lacan, et al.               Standards Track                     [Page 1]
RFC 5510         Reed-Solomon Forward Error Correction        April 2009

Abstract

   This document describes a Fully-Specified Forward Error Correction
   (FEC) Scheme for the Reed-Solomon FEC codes over GF(2^^m), where m is
   in {2..16}, and its application to the reliable delivery of data
   objects on the packet erasure channel (i.e., a communication path
   where packets are either received without any corruption or discarded
   during transmission).  This document also describes a Fully-Specified
   FEC Scheme for the special case of Reed-Solomon codes over GF(2^^8)
   when there is no encoding symbol group.  Finally, in the context of
   the Under-Specified Small Block Systematic FEC Scheme (FEC Encoding
   ID 129), this document assigns an FEC Instance ID to the special case
   of Reed-Solomon codes over GF(2^^8).

   Reed-Solomon codes belong to the class of Maximum Distance Separable
   (MDS) codes, i.e., they enable a receiver to recover the k source
   symbols from any set of k received symbols.  The schemes described
   here are compatible with the implementation from Luigi Rizzo.

Lacan, et al.               Standards Track                     [Page 2]
RFC 5510         Reed-Solomon Forward Error Correction        April 2009

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................4
   2. Terminology .....................................................5
   3. Definitions Notations and Abbreviations .........................5
      3.1. Definitions ................................................5
      3.2. Notations ..................................................6
      3.3. Abbreviations ..............................................7
   4. Formats and Codes with FEC Encoding ID 2 ........................7
      4.1. FEC Payload ID .............................................7
      4.2. FEC Object Transmission Information ........................8
           4.2.1. Mandatory Elements ..................................8
           4.2.2. Common Elements .....................................8
           4.2.3. Scheme-Specific Elements ............................9
           4.2.4. Encoding Format .....................................9
   5. Formats and Codes with FEC Encoding ID 5 .......................11
      5.1. FEC Payload ID ............................................11
      5.2. FEC Object Transmission Information .......................12
           5.2.1. Mandatory Elements .................................12

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