Shuffle/exchange is the natural interconnection scheme for the parallel fast fourier transform

  • Frank Wagner
Architectural Aspects (Session 5.1)
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 237)


It is known, that the Shuffle/Exchange-Network (S/E) is well suited to perform the parallel Fast Fourier Transform (FFT). In this paper we show, that it is optimal for this purpose in a quite general sense:

We assume, that a parallel FFT consists of a sequence of (parallel) butterfly-operations on and permutations of the given data vector. It is shown, that only the S/E and a slight variation thereof guarantee a maximum of regularity of the data flow. It follows, that the S/E is best suited for a realisation of a parallel FFT by specialized hardware.


Fast Fourier Transform Arithmetical Operation Fast Fourier Transform Algorithm Data Flow Graph Dataflow Graph 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Wagner
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  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für angewandte Mathematik insbesondere InformatikRWTH AachenAachen

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