Impacts of erasure coding on robustness against molecular packet losses in aqueous, collisional environments

Hiroaki Egashira, Junichi Suzuki, Jonathan S. Mitzman, Tadashi Nakano, Hiroaki Fukuda

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This paper considers diffusive molecular communication where biologically-enabled machines (or bio-nanomachines) exchange information by means of molecules in aqueous environments. It is known that molecular communication is inherently stochastic and unreliable, thereby significantly degrading communication performance such as latency and jiter. This paper focuses on robustness against molecule losses and investigates a robustness enhancement protocol that performs forward error correction. The transmitter bio-nanomachine encodes molecules in a redundant manner with parity-check erasure codes, and the receiver bio-nanomachine recovers the information embedded in lost molecules. Simulation results show that the proposed protocol enhances robustness against molecule losses and in turn improves communication performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-116
Number of pages7
JournalEAI International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (BICT)
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event10th EAI International Conference on Bio-Inspired Information and Communications Technologies, BICT 2017 - Hoboken, United States
Duration: 2017 Mar 152017 Mar 17


  • Forward error correction
  • Molecular communication
  • Robustness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software
  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)


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