Sequential decoding on intersymbol interference channels with application to magnetic recording
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In this work we treat sequential decoding in the problem of sequence estimation on intersymbol interference ( ISI ) channels. We consider the magnetic recording channel as the particular ISI channel and investigate the coding gains that can be achieved with sequential decoding for different information densities. Since the cutoff rate determines this quantity , we find lower bounds to the cutoff rate. The symmetric cutoff rate is computed as a theoretical lower bound and practical lower bounds are found through simulations. Since the optimum decoding metric is impractical, a sub-optimum metric has been used in the simulations. The results show that this metric can not achieve the cutoff rate in general, but still its performance is not far from that of the optimum metric. We compare the results to those of Immink and see that one can achieve positive coding gains at information densities of practical interest where other practical codes used in magnetic recording show coding loss.