[Libre-silicon-devel] IEEE754 FPU in nmigen

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at lkcl.net
Sun Feb 17 09:00:44 CET 2019

if anyone was ever in doubt about using an OO-based programming
language for HDL:

* aleksander and i took a couple of days to work on converting jon
dawson's excellent 32-bit adder.v to nmigen
* i took another day to separate out some base classes
* around 90 minutes to then have the divider.v converted (by doing
diffs on adder.v and divider.v and using that to identify where to
modify a copy of add.py to turn it into divide.py)
* it's taken under an hour to modify the python-based Floating-point
base class to support 64-bit
* with the base class in place it then took *under 10 minutes* to
modify the corresponding divider.py to support 64-bit as well

so what was originally 300 lines of verilog (adder.v) was duplicated
for double-precision: the use of python classes has therefore cut the
amount of code to be maintained in *half*, straight away, and there
are further reductions of at least 20 to 30% by separating out common
*parameterised* functionality into the base classes.

additional savings could be had if there wasn't so much white space
and additional comments, however that would leave the code sterile and
completely impossible to maintain.

nmigen rocks!


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