FPGA Paranoia: Testing Numerical Properties of FPGA Floating Point IP-Cores

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Provided by: Imperial College London
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
In the early days of computing, hardware platforms were developed independently and created their own conventions for floating point to suit their underlying hardware architecture, but this meant computer programmers had to understand these conventions when designing their algorithms, and adapt their algorithms when porting to new platforms. As a result, the IEEE-754-1985 standard was created to simplify design for computer programmers by ensuring that the same software will obtain the same results across all hardware platforms.
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