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Message ID: 12320     Entry time: Thu Jul 21 14:27:24 2016
Author: varun 
Type: Update 
Category: CDS 
Subject: DAFI Update: Arbitrary Math block 

Summary: I have added an arbitrary math block to the DAFI model, which takes two inputs, say X and Y, and can perform various unary and binary operations on them:


  • Unary Operations:
  1. Delay - There exists a text-based input to specify the amount of delay to be given to a particular signal.
  2. sin()
  3. cos()
  • Binary Operations:
  1. Weighted addition and multiplication: The output is calculated according to the relation: A*X + B*Y + C*X*Y. A, B, C are constant inputs, which can be given through text-based inputs in the GUI.
  2. MAX{X,Y}
  3. MIN{X,Y}

Attachment 1 shows the existing DAFI gui, updated with cascading of various DSP blocks, upto three levels, button-based ENABLE and DISABLE controls for all blocks except arb. math (the control on arb. math. is achieved by clicking on the block.) On clicking the arb. math block one is taken to the dedicated arb. math screen, which has enable buttons for all the processes listed above. A screenshot of this screen is in attachment 2. There is one control input, which controls all the unary operations on X and the binary operations on X and Y, and another control input which controls the unary operations on Y. switching on a particular arb. math process gives a particular control input, which choses the appropriate section of the code. At a time, only one process from the top grey block (corresponding to unary operations on X and binary operations on X and Y) and one process from the bottom grey block (corresponding to unary operations on Y) can be selected. Thus, the outputs which go from the arb. math block to the intermediate matrices (MATRIX1L or MATRIX2L) are:

a) Either an output of unary operation on X or a binary operation on X and Y, the specific one depending upon the control input,


b) Output of a unary operation on Y, again the specific one depending upon the control input

Thus there is apparent asymmetricity in the action of the arb. math block on the two inputs. However, this is done in order to reduce to total number of outputs and control signals, and this can be easily taken care of by interchanging the inputs before the block. 

While compiling this code, the c1lsc machine had crashed once, it was found that this was due to a stray "printf()" command in the c code. This glich in the code now stands rectified  There is a possibility that the previous incidents of the code crashing could also be due to the existence of a printf() command. 

Preliminary Testing: I have done a preliminary testing of the arb math block, i.e. verified that on enabling the sin and cos processes, the output is less that 1, on swithching on the process of weighted avarage and multiplication, the output looks like it is right, for a few simple values of A, B, C, like 0, 1, etc. The delay block however is giving zero output for delay of more than 6 samples.





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