Applications of Polymatroid Theory to Distributed Storage Systems [article]

Thomas Westerbäck, Ragnar Freij-Hollanti, Camilla Hollanti
2015 arXiv   pre-print
In this paper, a link between polymatroid theory and locally repairable codes (LRCs) is established. The codes considered here are completely general in that they are subsets of A^n, where A is an arbitrary finite set. Three classes of LRCs are considered, both with and without availability, and for both information-symbol and all-symbol locality. The parameters and classes of LRCs are generalized to polymatroids, and a general- ized Singelton bound on the parameters for these three classes of
more » ... olymatroids and LRCs is given. This result generalizes the earlier Singleton-type bounds given for LRCs. Codes achieving these bounds are coined perfect, as opposed to the more common term optimal used earlier, since they might not always exist. Finally, new constructions of perfect linear LRCs are derived from gammoids, which are a special class of matroids. Matroids, for their part, form a subclass of polymatroids and have proven useful in analyzing and constructing linear LRCs.
arXiv:1510.02499v1 fatcat:qkkkameedvc3vka4ddjwfrawqi