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Error Detection and Correction : Data Link Layer
Shashank Srivastava
Motilal Nehru National Institute Of Technology, Allahabad
Error Detection and Correction
 Data can be corrupted during transmission.
 For reliable communication, errors must be detected and
Types of errors
Single-bit error
Only one bit in the data unit changes.
 Single-bit errors are least likely type of errors.
Example: imagine a sender sending at 1 Mbps. This means each
bit lasts for 1/ 106 sec = 1 µs.
For single-bit error to occur, noise must have a duration of only 1
µs, which is very rare.
Multiple-bit error
Burst error
Means two or more bits in the data unit have changed.
The length of the burst is measured from the first corrupted bit
to the last corrupted bit.
 The number of bits affected depends on the data rate and duration of the noise.
 Example: if we are sending data at 1 Kbps, a noise of 1/100 sec can affect 10 bits.
 One technique is to send every data unit twice.
 Receiving device will do a bit-by-bit comparison between the two
 The possibility of errors being introduced into exactly same bits
are very small, so this method is effective- but it is inefficient and
 Second possibility is to append shorter group of bits. This is called
redundancy because extra bits are redundant to the information,
and discarded as soon as accuracy of the transmission has been
If the received bit stream passes the checking criteria, the data portion of
the data unit is accepted and the redundant bits are discarded.
Vertical Redundancy Check (Parity Check)
 Least expensive method.
 Even parity : A redundant bit, called a parity bit, is appended to every
data unit so that the total number of 1s in the unit becomes even.
 Odd parity: total number of 1s should become odd.
Even parity VRC concept
 VRC can detect all single-bit errors.
 It can also detect burst errors as long as the total number of bits
changed is odd.
Longitudinal Redundancy Check (LRC)
 A block of bits is organized in a table (rows and columns).
 Then calculate parity bit for each column and create a new
row, which are parity bits for the whole block.
 LRC of n bits can easily detect a burst error of n bits.
 A burst error of more than n bits is also detected by LRC with a high
Example: if 2 bits in one data unit are damaged, and 2 bits in exactly
the same position in another data unit are damaged, the LRC checker
will not detect the error.
Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC)
 Most powerful redundancy checking technique.
 Unlike VRC and LRC, which are based on addition-, CRC is based on
binary division.
A CRC or CRC remainder is appended to the end of a data unit so that
the resulting data unit becomes exactly divisible by a second,
predetermined binary number(divisor).
At destination, incoming data unit is divided by the same number.
If no remainder- then data unit is intact.
If there is a remainder- means data unit is damaged.
Note: a CRC must have exactly one bit less than divisor.
1) A string of “n” 0s is appended to the data unit. The number of n is
one less than the number of bits in the predetermined divisor (which
is n+1 bits).
The new data unit is divided by the divisor using a process called
binary division. The remainder is the CRC.
CRC of n bits replaces the appended 0s at the end of data unit. CRC
may consist of all 0s.
The data unit arrives at receiver- data first , followed by CRC. The
receiver treats whole string as a unit and divides by the same divisor.
If remainder is zero - data unit is allowed to pass, else it is rejected.
Binary Division
•Each bit of the divisor is subtracted
from the corresponding bit of the
dividend without disturbing the
next higher bit.
 The CRC generator(the divisor) is most often represented not as a
string of 1s and 0s, but as an algebraic polynomial.
 A polynomial selected should have following properties:
1) It should not be divisible by x : it guarantees that all the burst errors of
a length equal to the degree of polynomial are detected.
2) It should be divisible by x+1 : it guarantees that all burst errors
affecting an odd number of bits are detected.
Polynomial and Divisor
Standard Polynomials
The numbers 12, 16, and 32 refers to the size of CRC remainder.
The CRC divisors are 13, 17, and 33 bits, respectively.
 CRC can detect all burst errors that affect an odd number of bits.
 CRC can detect all burst errors of length less than or equal to the
degree of polynomial.
 CRC can detect with a very high probability – burst errors of length
greater than the degree of the polynomial.
 It is also based on the concept of redundancy.
Checksum Generator
 Data segment is subdivided into equal segments of n units.
 These segments are added together using 1’s complement arithmetic
in such a way that total is also n-bits long.
 The total sum is then complemented and appended to the end of
original data unit, called checksum field.
 Means if the sum of the data segment is T, checksum is –T.
 Extended data unit is transmitted across the network.
Checksum Checker
 The receiver subdivides the data unit into segments-each of n bits, and
adds all segments together.
 Then it complements the result.
 If total found is zero - data unit is intact.
 If total is not zero – means data unit contains error.
Data Unit and Checksum
1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Word 1
1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 Word 2
------------------------------------1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 Sum using one’s complement arithmetic
1 Remove carry and add it back
------------------------------------0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 sum
1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 checksum
The pattern sent is
<------- word1 word2 checksum
1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Word 1
1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 Word 2
1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 Checksum
------------------------------------1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 Sum using one’s complement arithmetic
1 Remove carry and add it back
------------------------------------1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 sum
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 complement
//means the pattern is OK
 Detects all errors involving an odd number of bits.
 Detects most errors involving even number of bits.
 If one or more bits of a segment are damaged, and corresponding bits of
opposite value in a second segment are also damaged, the sum of these
columns will not change and the receiver will not detect a problem.
 In LRC, two 0s could both change to 1s without altering the parity
because carries were discarded.
 Checksum retains all carries, so although two 0s becoming 1s would not
alter the value of their own column, they would change the value of next
higher column.
Checksum example
Input Word 1
Input Word 2
Input Word 3
Input Word 4
1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 W1
1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 W2
--------------------------------------------------------------------1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 Sum
1 Carry
--------------------------------------------------------------------0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1’s Comp sum W1, W2
0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 W3
--------------------------------------------------------------------1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1’s Comp sum W1, W2, W3
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 W4
--------------------------------------------------------------------1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 Sum
1 Carry
--------------------------------------------------------------------0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1’s Comp sum W1, W2, W3, W4
Complement = Checksum
Error correction
 Error-correcting codes are more sophisticated than error detection
codes, and require more redundancy bits.
 The number of bits required to correct a burst error is so high that in
most cases , it is inefficient to do so.
 Therefore, most error-correction is limited to one- ,two- , or three
Single-bit error correction:
 First step in error correction is locating invalid bit position.
 Suppose data is composed of 7 bit ASCII code. To locate one of the 7
positions , 3 extra bits are sufficient.
 But if the error occurs in these additional bits, so to cover all
possibilities(7 bits of data+3 redundant bits), we need additional bits.
Redundancy bits:
 ‘r’ must be able to indicate ‘m+r+1’ different states.
 One state means no error , and ‘m+r’ states indicates the location of
error in m+r different positions.
Redundancy bits:
 R bits can indicate 2r different states.
 Therefore 2r >=m+r+1
 Example: if value of m=7, then r=4.
Hamming code
 Positioning the redundancy bits: use the positions that are powers of 2.
(r1, r2, r4, r8).
 Each ‘r’ bit is the VRC bit (parity bit) for one combination of data bits.
 Each data bit may be included in more than one VRC calculation.
bits 1,3,5,7,9,11
bits 2,3,6,7,10,11
bits 4,5,6,7
bits 8,9,10,11
 The ‘r1’ bit is calculated using all the bit positions whose binary
representation includes a 1 in the rightmost position.
 The ‘r2’ bit is calculated using all bit positions with a 1 in the second
position, and so on.
 The parity for each combination is the value of the corresponding ‘r’ bit.
 The final 11-bit code is sent through transmission line.
 Suppose data contains error.
Error DetectionReassemble the new
parity values into a
binary number in the
order of ‘r’ position.
CorrectionReverse the bit value
and correct the error.

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