2019 Oberpfaffenhofen Workshop on High Throughput Coding (OWHTC)

On February 27-28 2019, Chalmers University of Technology, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Institute for Communications Engineering of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are organizing a workshop on error correcting codes for high data rate applications.

We look forward to seeing you at DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen!

Gianluigi Liva, Alexandre Graell i Amat, Fabian Steiner, Gerhard Kramer

Topics of interest

  • High throughput decoders for LDPC, Turbo, polar and product-like codes
  • Hardware friendly encoder and decoder designs
  • Quantization schemes for decoder implementations
  • Implementation aspects targeting FPGAs and ASICs

Confirmed Participants

  • Søren Forchhammer, Tayyab Mehmood (DTU Fotonik, Denmark)
  • Andreas Burg (EPFL)
  • Catherine Douillard, Charbel Abdel Nour (IMT Atlantique)
  • Luca Barletta (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Marco Ferrari (CNR Politecnico di Milano)
  • Guido Montorsi (Politecnico di Torino)
  • Joachim Neu (Stanford)
  • Krishna Narayanan (Texas A&M)
  • Gerhard Bauch, Maximilian Stark (TU Hamburg)
  • Norbert Wehn (TU Kaiserslautern)
  • Rick Wesel (UCLA)
  • Tommaso Foggi (Università degli Studi di Parma)
  • Emmanuel Boutillon (Universite de Bretagne Sud)
  • Bane Vasic (University of Arizona)
  • Dirk Wübben (University of Bremen)
  • Nicola Maturo (University of Luxembourg)
  • Stephan ten Brink, Sebastian Cammerer, Moustafa Ebada, Ahmed Elkelesh (Universität Stuttgart)
  • Frank Kschischang (University of Toronto)
  • Helmut Grießer (ADVA)
  • Ronald Boehnke, Georg Böcherer, Najeeb Ul Hassan, Yu Hongchen, Onurcan Iscan, Maxim Kuschnerov, Alexey Maevskiy, Wen Xu (Huawei)
  • Qing Bai , Tudor Ninacs, Rainer Strobel (Intel)
  • Charles Garcia Stewart (Mynaric)
  • Vahid Aref, Cyril Measson, Laurent Schmalen (Nokia Bell Labs)
  • Clemens Blöchl, Stefan Dierks, Manfred Drimmel, Timo Mayer, Francesco Rossetto (Rohde und Schwarz)
  • Matteo Berioli, Markus Werner (Safran Aerosystems)
  • Markus Both (Tesat-Spacecom)
  • David Gnaedig (TurboConcept)
  • Alexandre Graell i Amat (Chalmers)
  • Hannes Bartz, Francisco Lazaro Blasco, Ramon Mata Calvo, Federico Clazzer, Tomaso De Cola, Mustafa Cemil Coşkun, Marcel Grec, Christoph Günther, Thomas Jerkovits, Gianluigi Liva, Balazs Matuz, Julio Ramirez Molina, Andrea Munari, Jorge Pacheco, Estefania Recayte, Sandro Scalise,  Marvin Xhemrishi (DLR, German Aerospace Center)
  • Delcho Donev, Roberto Ferrara, Joachim Hagenauer, Gerhard Kramer, Zvezdana Kuzmanovic, Tobias Prinz, Vladimir Sidorenko, Fabian Steiner, Thomas Wiegart, Emna ben Yacoub, Peihong Yuan (TUM)


Wednesday, February 27th

Time Speaker
09:10-09:40 Guido Montorsi: "High speed decoding with two-stage soft-hard decoders"
09:40-10:10 Rainer Strobel: "Error Correction Coding for Passive Optical Networks"
10:10-10:40 Coffee Break + Poster Session 1
10:40-11:10 Gerhard Kramer: "Design of Coarsely-Quantized Message Passing Decoders"
11:10-11:40 Søren Forchhammer: "Configurable FPGA TPC FEC decoding for Tb/s optical communication"
11:40-12:10  Maxim Kuschnerov: "FEC and DSP requirements for future DCN & DCI"
12:10-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-14:30  Norbert Wehn: "High Throughput Coding – An Implementation Centric View"
14:30-15:00 Emmanuel Boutillon: "Good LDPC decoders with exchanged messages of size 1, 2 and 3 bits"
15:00-15:30 Catherine Douillard: "Turbo codes for Tb/s communications: code design and hardware architecture"
15:30-16:00 Georg Böcherer: "Probabilistic Parity Shaping for Linear Codes"
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break + Poster Session 2
16:30-17:00 Andreas Burg: "Information optimized quantized message passing for near-TBps fully pipelined LDPC decoding"
17:00-17:30 Krishna Narayanan: "Soft Decision Decoding of Product Codes using Erasures"
17:30-18:00 Marco Ferrari: "Absorbing Sets of Generalized LDPC codes"
18:00-18:30 Rick Wesel (remote via WebEx): "Short variable-length codes with shared incremental redundancy: a new architecture for high throughput"

Thursday, February 28, 2019

09:00-09:30 Fabian Steiner: "One and Two Bit Message Passing with SC-LDPC codes and higher-order modulation"
09:30-10:00 Alexandre Graell i Amat: "Binary Message Passing Decoding of Product-like Codes"
10:00-10:30 Frank Kschischang: "On the Design of Complexity-Optimized LDPC-Staircase Codes"
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break & Poster Session 3
11:00-11:30 Stephan ten Brink: "Decoder-in-the-loop: Genetic optimization-based code design"
11:30-12:00 Gerhard Bauch: "Information Bottleneck Decoders for Message Passing Decoding with Coarse Quantization"
12:00-12:30 Ramon Mata Calvo: "Optical technologies for very high throughput satellites"
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-14:30 Bane Vasic: "Graph Expansion-Contraction Method for Estimating the Error Floors of LDPC Codes"
14:30-15:00 Tommaso Foggi: "Spectrally Efficient Optical Communications"
15:00-15.30 Laurent Schmalen: "Spatial Coupling - Essential Technology for High Throughput Coding?"
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break + Poster 4
16:00-16:30 Joachim Neu: "Quantized Polar Code Decoders: Analysis and Design"
16:30-17:00 Hongchen Yu: "High Throughput FEC Requirement"
17:00-17:30 Stefan Dierks: "Decoding on GPUs on the Example of Turbo Product Codes"
17:30-18:00 Balazs Matuz: "Probabilistic Shaping for On-Off Keying Modulation"




The registration is closed.


The workshop will take place at DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, German Aerospace Center) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Munich, Germany. Please bring your passport or ID card and register at the main entrance. The conference venue is building 124 (also see below in the directions section). We will also post signs at the entrance that will guide you the way.


  • Hotels nearby (limited choice of restaurants in the area).
  • Hotels in the city center of Munich
    • Hotel Königswache (close to TUM and city center, metro U2 station "Theresienstrasse")
    • Hotel Marienbad (close to TUM and city center and main station, metro U2 station "Königsplatz")
    • Hotel Lex (close to TUM and city center, metro U1 station "Stiglmaierplatz")


You can find detailed directions to the conference venue in the PDF for download. If you come by car, please use parking garage P170. The actual conference venue is building 124.