Bit-Level Analysis of an SRT Divider Circuit
journal contributionposted on 01.01.1985 by Randal E. Bryant
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It is impractical to verify multiplier or divider circuits entirely at the bit-level using ordered Binary Decision Diagrams (BDDs), because the BDD representations for these functions grow exponentially with the word size. It is possible, however, to analyze individual stages of these circuits using BDDs. Such analysis can be helpful when implementing complex arithmetic algorithms. As a demonstration, we show that Intel could have used BDDs to detect erroneous look-up table entries in the Pentium(TM) floating point divider. Going beyond verification, we show that bit-level analysis can be used to generate a correct version of the table.