## Abstract

Back in the 60's Goldschmidt presented a variation of Newton-Raphson iterations for division that is well suited for pipelining. The problem in using Goldschmidt's division algorithm is to present an error analysis that enables one to save hardware by using just the right amount of precision for intermediate calculations while still providing correct rounding. Previous implementations relied on combining formal proof methods (that span thousands of lines) with millions of test vectors. These techniques yield correct designs but the analysis is hard to follow and is not quite tight. We present a simple parametric error analysis of Goldschmidt's division algorithm. This analysis sheds more light on the effect of the different parameters on the error. In addition, we derive closed error formulae that allow to determine optimal parameter choices in four practical settings. We apply our analysis to show that a few bits of precision can be saved in the floating-point division (FP-DIV) micro-architecture of the AMD-K7™ microprocessor. These reductions in precision apply to the initial approximation and to the lengths of the multiplicands in the multiplier. When translated to cost, the reductions reflect a savings of 10.6% in the overall cost of the FP-DIV micro-architecture.

Original language | English |
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Pages | 165-171 |

Number of pages | 7 |

State | Published - 2003 |

Event | 16th IEEE Symposium on Computer Arithmetic - Santiago de Compostela, Spain Duration: 15 Jun 2003 → 18 Jun 2003 |

### Conference

Conference | 16th IEEE Symposium on Computer Arithmetic |
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Country/Territory | Spain |

City | Santiago de Compostela |

Period | 15/06/03 → 18/06/03 |