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BCH Codes Hsin-Lung Wu NTPU

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**OUTLINE [1] Finite fields [2] Minimal polynomials**

[3] Cyclic Hamming codes [4] BCH codes [5] Decoding 2 error-correcting BCH codes

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**BCH Codes [1] Finite fields 1. Irreducible polynomial**

f(x)K[x], f(x) has no proper divisors in K[x] Eg. f(x)=1+x+x2 is irreducible f(x)=1+x+x2+x3=(1+x)(1+x2) is not irreducible f(x)=1+x+x4 is irreducible

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**BCH Codes 2. Primitive polynomial**

f(x) is irreducible of degree n > 1 f(x) is not a divisor of 1+xm for any m < 2n-1 Eg. f(x)=1+x+x2 is not a factor of 1+xm for m < 3 so f(x) is a primitive polynomial f(x)= 1+x+x2+x3+x4 is irreducible but 1+x5=(1+x)(1+x+x2+x3+x4) and m=5 < 24-1=15 so f(x) is not a primitive polynomial

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**BCH Codes 3. Definition of Kn[x]**

The set of all polynomials in K[x] having degree less than n Each word in Kn corresponds to a polynomial in Kn[x] Multiplication in Kn modulo h(x), with irreducible h(x) of degree n If we use multiplication modulo a reducible h(x), say, 1+x4 to define multiplication of words in K4, however: (0101)(0101)(x+x3)(x+x3) = x2+x6 = x2+x2 (mod 1+x4) = 0 0000 (K4-{0000} is not closed under multiplication.)

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**BCH Codes Furthermore each nonzero element in Kn can have**

an inverse if we use irreducible h(x). But if we use reducible h(x) then there exists nonzero element, which has no inverse. Why? Let f(x) is nonzero element and h(x) is irreducible then gcd(f(x),h(x))=1 and so exists a(x)f(x)+b(x)h(x)=1 => a(x)f(x)=1 mod h(x) and so a(x) is the inverse of f(x)

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**BCH Codes 4. Definition of Field (Kn,+,x)**

(Kn,+) is an abelian group with identity denoted 0 The operation x is associative a x ( b x c) = ( a x b ) x c There is a multiplicative identity denoted 1, with 10 1 x a = a x 1 = a, a Kn The operation x is distributive over + a x ( b + c ) = ( a x b ) + ( a x c ) It is communicative a x b = b x a, a,b Kn All non-zero elements have multiplicative inverses Galois Fields: GF(2r) For every prime power order pm, there is a unique finite field of order pm Denoted by GF(pm)

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BCH Codes Example Let us consider the construction of GF(23) using the primitive polynomial h(x)=1+x+x3 to define multiplication. We do this by computing xi mod h(x): word xi mod h(x) 100 1 010 x 001 x2 110 x3 1+x 011 x4 x+x2 111 x5 1+x+x2 101 x6 1+x2

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**BCH Codes 5. Use a primitive polynomial to construct GF(2n)**

Let Kn represent the word corresponding to x mod h(x) i xi mod h(x) m 1 for m<2n-1 since h(x) dose not divide 1+xm for m<2n-1 Since j = i for ji iff i = j-i i j-i = 1 Kn\{0}={i | i = 0,1,…,2n-2}

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**BCH Codes 6. GF(2r) is primitive**

is primitive if m 1 for 1 m <2r-1 In other words, every non-zero word in GF(2r) can be expressed as a power of Example Construct GF(24) using the primitive polynomial h(x)=1+x+x4. Write every vector as a power of x mod h(x)(see Table 5.1 below) Note that 15=1. (0110)(1101)= 5.7= 12=1111

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**BCH Codes Table 5.1 Construction of GF(24) using h(x)=1+x+x4 word**

polynomial in x mod h(x) power of 0000 - 1000 1 0=1 0100 x 0010 x2 2 0001 x3 3 1100 1+x=x4 4 0110 x+x2=x5 5 0011 x2+x3=x6 6

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**BCH Codes Table 5.1(continue) Construction of GF(24) using h(x)=1+x+x4**

word polynomial in x mod h(x) power of 1101 1+x+x3=x7 7 1010 1+x2=x8 8 0101 x+x3=x9 9 1110 1+x+x2 =x10 10 0111 x+x2+x3 =x11 11 1111 1+x+x2+x3 =x12 12 1011 1+x2+x3 =x13 13 1001 1+x3 =x14 14

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**BCH Codes [2] Minimal polynomials 1. Root of a polynomial**

: an element of F=GF(2r), p(x)F[x] is a root of a polynomial p(x) iff p()=0 2. Order of The smallest positive integer m such that m=1 in GF(2r) is a primitive element if it has order 2r-1

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**BCH Codes 3. Minimal polynomial of **

The polynomial in K[x] of smallest degree having as root Denoted by m(x) m(x) is irreducible over K If f(x) is any polynomial over K such that f()=0, then m(x) is a factor of f(x) m(x) is unique m(x) is a factor of

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**BCH Codes Example Let p(x)=1+x3+x4, and let be the primitive element**

in GF(24) constructed using h(x)=1+x+x4(see Table 5.1): p()=1+3+4= =0101=9 is not a root of p(x). However p(7)=1+(7)3+(7)4=1+21+28=1+6+13 = =0000=0 7 is a root of p(x).

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**BCH Codes 4. Finding the minimal polynomial of **

Reduce to find a linear combination of the vectors {1, , 2,…, r}, which sums to 0 Any set of r+1 vectors in Kr is dependent, such a solution exists Represent m(x) by mi(x) where =I eg. Find the m(x), =3, GF(24) constructed using h(x)=1+x+x4

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**BCH Codes Useful facts: f(x)2=f(x2) If f()=0, then f(2)=(f())2=0**

If is a root of f(x), so are , 2, 4,…, The degree of m(x) is |{, 2, 4,…, }|

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**BCH Codes Example Find the m(x), =3, GF(24) constructed using**

h(x)=1+x+x4 Let m(x)= m3(x)=a0+a1x+a2x2+a3x3+a4x4 then we must find the value for a0,a1,…,a4 {0,1} m()=0=a01+a1+a22+a33+a44 =a00+a13+a26+a39+a412 0000=a0(1000)+a1(0001)+a2(0011)+a3(0101)+a4(1111) a0=a1=a2=a3=a4=1 and m(x)=1+x+x2+x3+x4

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BCH Codes Example Let m5(x) be the minimal polynomials of =5, 5GF(24) Since {, 2, 4, 8}={5 , 10}, the roots of m5(x) are 5 and 10 which means that degree (m5(x))=2. Thus m5(x)=a0+a1x+a2x2: 0=a0+a1 5+a2 10 =a0(1000)+a1 (0110)+a2 (1110) Thus a0=a1=a2=1 and m5(x)=1+x+x2

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**BCH Codes Table 5.2: Minimal polynomials in GF(24)**

constructed using 1+x+x4 Element of GF(24) Minimal polynomial 1 , 2, 4, 8 3, 6, 9, 12 5, 10 7, 11, 13, 14 x 1+x 1+x+x4 1+x+x2+x3+x4 1+x+x2 1+x3+x4

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**BCH Codes [3] Cyclic Hamming codes 1. Parity check matrix**

The parity check matrix of a Hamming code of length n=2r-1 has its rows all 2r-1 nonzero words of length r is a primitive element of GF(2r) H is the parity check ma- trix of a Hamming code of length n=2r-1

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**BCH Codes 2. Generator polynomial For any received word w=w0w1…wn-1**

wH=w0+w1+…+wn-1n-1 w() w is a codeword iff is a root of w(x) m(x) is its generator polynomial Theorem 5.3.1 A primitive polynomial of degree r is the generator polynomial of a cyclic Hamming code of length 2r-1

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**BCH Codes Example: Let r=3, so n=23-1=7. Use p(x)=1+x+x3 to construct**

GF(23), and 010 as the primitive element. Recall that i xi mod p(x). Therefore a parity check matrix for a Hamming code of length 7 is

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**BCH Codes 3. Decoding the cyclic Hamming code**

w(x)=c(x)+e(x), where c(x) is a codeword, e(x) is the error w(β)=e(β) e has weight 1, e(β)= βj, j is the position of the 1 in e c(x)=w(x)+xj

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BCH Codes Example: Suppose GF(23) was constructed using 1+x+x3. m1(x)=1+x+x3 is the generator for a cyclic Hamming code of length 7. Suppose w(x)=1+x+x3+x6 is received. Then w()=1+ 2+ 3+ 6 = =110 = 3 e(x)= x3 and c(x)=w(x)+x3=1+x2+x6

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**BCH Codes [4] BCH codes 1. BCH: Bose-Chaudhuri-Hocquengham**

Admit a relatively easy decoding scheme The class of BCH codes is quite extensive For any positive integers r and t with t 2r-1-1, there is a BCH codes of length n=2r-1 which is t-error correcting and has dimension k n-rt

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**BCH Codes 2. Parity check matrix for the 2 error-correcting BCH**

The 2 error-correcting BCH codes of length 2r-1 is the cyclic linear codes, generated by g(x)= , r 4 The generator polynomial: g(x)=m1(x) m3(x) Degree(g(x))=2r, the code has dimension n-2r=2r-1-2r

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BCH Codes Example: is a primitive element in GF(24) constructed with p(x) = 1+x+x4. We have that m1(x)=1+x+x4 and m3(x) = 1+x+x2+x3+x4. Therefore g(x)= m1(x) m3(x)= 1+x4+x6+x7+x8 is the generator for a 2 error-correcting BCH code of length 15

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BCH Codes 3. The parity check matrix of C15 (distance d=5) (Table 5.3)

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**BCH Codes [5] Decoding 2 error-correcting BCH codes**

1. Error locator polynomial w(x): received word syndrome wH=[w(),w(3)]=[s1,s3] H is the parity check matrix for the (2r-1, 2r-2r-1, 5) 2 error-correcting BCH code with generator g(x)=m1(x) m3(x) wH=0 if no errors occurred If one error occurred, the error polynomial e(x)=xi wH=eH=[e(), e(3)]=[i, 3i]=[s1,s3],

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BCH Codes If two errors occurred, say in positions i and j, ij, e(x)=xi+xj, wH=eH=[e(), e(3)] =[i+j, 3i+3j]=[s1,s3] The error locator polynomial:

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BCH Codes Example: Let ww(x) be a received word with syndromes s1=0111=w() and s3=1010= w(3), where w was encoded using C15. From Table 5.1 we have that s1 11 and s3 8. Then We form the polynomial x2+11x+2 and find that it has roots 4 and 13. Therefore we can decide that the most likely errors occurred in positions 4 and 13, e(x)= x4+x13, the most likely error pattern is

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**BCH Codes 2. Decoding algorithm of BCH codes**

Calculate the syndrome wH=[s1,s3]=[w(),w(3)] If s1=s3=0, no errors occurred If s1=0 and s30, ask for retransmission If (s1)3=s3, a single error at position i, where s1=i From the quadratic equation: (*) If equation(*) has two distinct roots i and j, correct errors at positions i and j If equation(*) does not have two distinct roots in GF(2r), conclude that at least three errors occurred

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**BCH Codes Example: Assume w is received and the syndrome is**

wH= [11,8]. Now In this case equation(*) is x2+11x+2=0 which has roots 4 and 13. Correct error in positions i=4 and j=13. Assume the syndrome is wH=[w(),w(3)]=[3, 9]. Then (s1)3= (3)3=s3. A single error at position i=3. e(x)=x3 is the error polynomial.

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**BCH Codes Example Assume w=110111101011000 is received.**

The syndrome is wH= [11, 5]= [s1,s3]. Now So in this case, (*) becomes x2+11x+0=0.

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**BCH Codes So in this case, (*) becomes x2+11x+0=0.**

Trying the elements of GF(24) in turn as possible roots, we come to x= 7 and find (7)2+117+0=14+3+0 =0000 Now 7j=1=15, so j=8, is the other root. Correct error at positions i=7 and j=8; u= is the most likely error pattern. We decode v=w+u= as the word sent.

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BCH Codes Example: Assume a codeword in C15 is sent, and errors occur in positions 2, 6 and 12. Then the syndrome wH is the sum of rows 2, 6, and 12 of H, where w is the word received. Thus wH= = [10, 3]= [s1,s3] Now (*) becomes x2+10x+4=0, no roots in GF(24). Therefore IMLD for C15 concludes correctly, that at least three errors occurred.

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