Scalable Data Multicast Using Expanding Window Fountain Codes
Source: University of Brighton
Digital Fountain (DF) codes were introduced as an efficient and universal Forward Error Correction (FEC) solution for data multicast over lossy packet networks. However, in real-time applications, the DF encoder cannot make use of the "Rateless" property as it was proposed in the DF framework, due to its delay constraints. In this scenario, many receivers might not be able to collect enough encoded symbols (packets) to perform successful decoding of the source data block (e.g., they are connected as a low bit-rate receivers to a high bit-rate source stream, or they are affected by severe channel conditions).