Networking

Osculating Spaces of Varieties and Linear Network Codes

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Executive Summary

The authors present a general theory to obtain good linear network codes utilizing the osculating nature of algebraic varieties. In particular, they obtain from the osculating spaces of Veronese varieties explicit families of equidimensional vector spaces, in which any pair of distinct vector spaces intersect in the same dimension. Linear network coding transmits information in terms of a basis of a vector space and the information is received as a basis of a possible altered vector space. Ralf Koetter and Frank R. Kschischang introduced a metric on the set of vector spaces and showed that a minimal distance decoder for this metric achieves correct decoding if the dimension of the intersection of the transmitted and received vector space is sufficiently large.

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