Fast, accurate static analysis for fixed-point finite-precision effects in DSP designs

Claire F. Fang, Rob A. Rutenbar, Tsuhan Chen

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Translating digital signal processing (DSP) software into its finite-precision hardware implementation is often a time-consuming task. We describe a new static analysis technique that can accurately analyze finite-precision effects arising from fixed-point implementations of DSP algorithms. The technique is based on recent interval representation methods from affine arithmetic, and the use of new probabilistic bounds. The resulting numerical error estimates are comparable to detailed statistical simulation, but achieve speedups of four to five orders of magnitude by avoiding actual bit-true simulation. We show error analysis results on both feed forward and feedback DSP kernels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-282
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, Digest of Technical Papers
StatePublished - 2003
EventIEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer Aided Design ICCAD 2003: IEEE/ACM Digest of Technical Papers - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 9 2003Nov 13 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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