Saturday, May 28, 2011

CRC: A Paper On CRCs

Check out this CRC paper, it really makes it easier to understand CRC implementations.

This CRC web was created because of the popularity of a paper on CRC algorithms written by Ross Williams and posted to some Internet newsgroups on 19 August 1993. This paper is available here:

Here is the title and abstract of the paper:

A Painless Guide to CRC Error Detection Algorithms

This document explains CRCs (Cyclic Redundancy Codes) and their table-driven implementations in full, precise detail. Much of the literature on CRCs, and in particular on their table-driven implementations, is a little obscure. This document is an attempt to provide a clear and simple no-nonsense explanation of CRCs and to absolutely nail down every detail of the operation of their high-speed implementations. In addition to this, this document presents a parameterized model CRC algorithm called the "Rocksoft™ Model CRC Algorithm". The model algorithm can be parameterized to behave like most of the CRC implementations around, and so acts as a good reference for describing particular algorithms. A low-speed implementation of the model CRC algorithm is provided in the C programming language. Lastly there is a section giving two forms of high-speed table driven implementations, and providing a program that generates CRC lookup tables.

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