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     fec_new, fec_encode, fec_encode, fec_free - An erasure code in GF(2^m)


     #include <fec.h>

     void *
     fec_new(int k, int n);

     fec_encode(void *code, void *data[], void *dst, int i, int sz);

     fec_decode(void *code, void *data[], int i[], int sz);

     void *
     fec_free(void *code);


     This library implements a simple (n,k) erasure code based on Vandermonde
     matrices.  The encoder takes k packets of size sz each, and is able to
     produce up to n different encoded packets, numbered from 0 to n-1, such
     that any subset of k of them permits reconstruction of the original data.

     The data structures necessary for the encoding/decoding must first be
     created using calling fec_new() with the desired parameters. The code
     descriptor returned by the function must be passed to other functions,
     and destroyed calling fec_free()

     Allowed values for k and n depend on a compile-time value of GF_BITS and
     must be k <= n <= 2^GF_BITS.  Best performance is achieved with
     GF_BITS=8, although the code supports also GF_BITS=16.

     Encoding is done by calling fec_encode() and passing it pointers to the
     code descriptor, the source and destination data packets, the index of
     the packet to be produced, and the size of the packet.

     fec_decode() with pointers to the code, received packets, indexes of
     received packets, and packet size. Decoding is done in place, possibly
     shuffling the arrays passed as parameters.  Decoding is deterministic as
     long as the received packets are different. The decoding procedure does
     some limited testing on this and returns if parameters are invalid.


     #include <fec.h>

      * example of sender code
     void *code ;
     int n, k ;

     void *src[] ;
     void *pkt ;

     code = new_code (k, n );

     for (i = 0 ; i < k ; i++ )
         src[i] = .. pointer to i-th source packet ..
     for (each packet to transmit) {
        i = ... index of the packet ;
        fec_encode(code, src, pkt, i, size) ;
        .. use packet in pkt
     fec_free(code) ;

      * example of receiver code
     void *code ;
     int n, k ;

     void *data[] ;
     int *ix[] ;

     code = new_code (k, n );

     for (i = 0 ; i < k ; i++ ) {
         ... receive a new packet ...
         data[i] = .. pointer to i-th source packet ..
         ix[i] = .. index of i-th source packet ..
     fec_decode(code, data, ix, size) ;
      * now data[] has pointers to the source packets
     Please direct bug reports to .