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Accurate Parallel Floating-Point Accumulation

Edin Kadric, Paul Gurniak, and André DeHon
Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Computer Arithmetic, (Arith21, April 7--10, 2013)

Using parallel associative reduction, iterative refinement, and conservative termination detection, we show how to use tree reduce parallelism to compute correctly rounded floating-point sums in O(log N) depth at arbitrary throughput. Our parallel solution shows how we can continue to exploit Moore's Law scaling in transistor count to accelerate floating-point performance even when clock rates remain flat. Empirical evidence suggests our iterative algorithm only requires two tree reduce passes to converge to the accurate sum in virtually all cases. Furthermore, we develop the hardware implementation of a 250 MHz pipelined, native, residue-preserving IEEE-754 double-precision, floating-point adder on a Virtex 6 FPGA that requires only 48% more area than a standard adder without residue. Finally, we show how this module can be used as the base of a streaming accurate floating-point accumulation unit that can be tuned to consume m summands every cycle.

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