Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
EE 360N, Spring 2007
Study Questions (covering some of the topics covered in class after Problem Set 5)
Due date: Not to be turned in
Yale N. Patt, Instructor
Chang Joo Lee, Rustam Miftakhutdinov, Poorna Samanta, TAs
These questions are to aid you in your studies. They are not to be
turned in and they do not cover all the topics covered in class after
Problem Set 5.
Using the Booth Multiplication Algorithm, multiply the two unsigned 10-bit
numbers 0011011110 and 0001110010. Show the intermediate results after each step.
From Tanenbaum, 4th edition, Appendix B, 4.
The following binary floating-point number consists of a sign bit, an
excess 63, radix 2 exponent, and a 16-bit fraction.
Express the value of this number as a decimal number.
0 0111111 0000001111111111
From Tanenbaum, 4th edition, Appendix B, 5.
To add two floating point numbers, you must adjust the exponents (by
shifting the fraction) to make them the same. Then you can add the
fractions and normalize the result, if need be. Add the single
precision IEEE floating-point numbers 3EE00000H and 3D800000H and
express the normalized result in hexadecimal. ['H' is a notation
indicating these numbers are in hexadecimal]
From Tanenbaum, 4th edition, Appendix B, 6.
The Tightwad Computer Company has decided to come out with a machine
having 16-bit floating-point numbers. The model 0.001 has a
floating-point format with a sign bit, 7-bit, excess 63 exponent and
8-bit fraction. Model 0.002 has a sign bit, 5-bit, excess 15 exponent
and a 10-bit fraction. Both use radix 2 exponentiation. What are the
smallest and largest positive normalized numbers on both models? About
how many decimal digits of precision does each have? Would you buy
- The following numbers are represented exactly
with a 9-bit floating point representation, in the format of the IEEE
Floating Point standard:
-infinity, -1, 0, 5/16, 19.5, 48.
- How many bits are needed for the fraction?
- What is the bias?
- Write each number in in the 9-bit floating point representation, below:
|Value || Representation |
|48 || |
|19.5 || |
|5/16 || |
|0 || |
|-1 || |
|-infinity || |
- We have got the following expression to compute:
a*x^6 + b*x^5 + c*x^4 + d*x^3 + e*x^2 + f*x + g
- How many operations and time-steps will the computation take on a single processor system (Use the smallest number of operations possible)?
- How many operations and time-steps will the computation take on a multiprocessor system with 4 processors? (Use the smallest number of operations possible)
- What is the speedup of the multiprocessor system over a single processor?
In an Omega network as presented in class, assume that there are n
inputs and n outputs. Let k be the size of each switch. For k taking
the values 2, 4, 8, and 64, answer the following questions. (Assume
the cost of each switch is k^2)
a. What is the cost of the network as a function of n?
b. What is the latency of the network?
c. Assume that n=64. What k value would you choose? Why? State
your assumptions and design point.