Stochastic number duplicators based on bit re-arrangement using randomized bit streams

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    Recently, stochastic computing based on stochastic numbers attracts attention as an effective computation method, which realizes arithmetic operations by simple logic circuits with a tolerance of bit errors. When we input two or more identical values to a stochastic circuit, we require to duplicate a stochastic number. However, if bit streams of duplicated stochastic numbers are dependent on each other, their arithmetic operation results can be inaccurate. In this paper, we propose two stochastic number duplicators, called FSR and RRR. The stochastic numbers duplicated by the FSR and RRR duplicators have the equivalent values but have independent bit streams, effectively utilizing bit re-arrangement using randomized bit streams. Experimental evaluation results demonstrate that the RRR duplicator, in particular, obtains more accurate results even if a circuit has re-convergence paths, reducing the mean square errors by 20%-89% compared to a conventional stochastic number duplicator.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1002-1013
    Number of pages12
    JournalIEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 1


    • Bit rearrangement
    • Duplicator
    • Re-convergence path
    • Stochastic computing
    • Stochastic number

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Signal Processing
    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Applied Mathematics


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