Fountain Capacity

@article{Shamai2006FountainC,
  title={Fountain Capacity},
  author={Shlomo Shamai and Emre Telatar and Sergio Verd{\'u}},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Information Theory},
  year={2006},
  volume={53},
  pages={4372-4376}
}
Fountain codes are currently employed for reliable and efficient transmission of information via erasure channels with unknown erasure rates. This correspondence introduces the notion of fountain capacity for arbitrary channels. In contrast to the conventional definition of rate, in the fountain setup the definition of rate penalizes the reception of symbols by the receiver rather than their transmission. Fountain capacity measures the maximum rate compatible with reliable reception regardless… CONTINUE READING
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