Rewritable storage channels with hidden state

21 Nov 2017

Many storage channels admit reading and rewriting of the content at a given cost. We consider rewritable channels with a hidden state which models the unknown characteristics of the memory cell. In addition to mitigating the effect of the write noise, rewrites can help the write controller obtain a better estimate of the hidden state. The paper has two contributions. The first is a lower bound on the capacity of a general rewritable channel with hidden state. The lower bound is obtained using a coding scheme that combines Gelfand-Pinsker coding with superposition coding. The rewritable AWGN channel is discussed as an example. The second contribution is a simple coding scheme for a rewritable channel where the write noise and hidden state are both uniformly distributed. It is shown that this scheme is asymptotically optimal as the number of rewrites gets large.