From ordinary AWGN codes to optimal MIMO wiretap schemes

Anatoly Khina, Yuval Kochman, Ashish Khisti

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The problem of sending a secret message over the Gaussian multiple-input multiple-output wiretap channel is studied. In a recent work, we have proposed a layered coding scheme where a scalar wiretap code is used in each layer, and successive interference cancellation (SIC) is carried at the legitimate receiver. By a proper rate allocation across the layers, we showed that this scheme satisfies the secrecy constraint at the eavesdropper and achieves the secrecy capacity. However, the existence of the scalar codes was based upon a random coding argument. In this work we take a further step and show how the scheme can be based upon any codes that are good for the ordinary (non-secrecy) additive white Gaussian noise channel. As any stage of the SIC process is equivalent to achieving a corner point of a Gaussian multiple-access channel (MAC) capacity region, the class of codes used needs to be good for the MAC under SIC. Since in the secrecy analysis of our layered scheme, it suffices at each stage to consider a genie-aided eavesdropper that performs SIC, the coding task reduces to guaranteeing secrecy for corner points of induced MACs to the eavesdropper. Structured generation of such codes from ordinary ones is discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publication2014 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, ITW 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479959990
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014
Event2014 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, ITW 2014 - Hobart, Australia
Duration: 2 Nov 20145 Nov 2014

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Name2014 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, ITW 2014


Conference2014 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, ITW 2014

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