GPU-Based FFT Computation for Multi-Gigabit WirelessHD Baseband Processing

Nicholas Hinitt, Taskin Kocak
Department of Electric & Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1UB, UK
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, Vol. 2010 (2010), pp. 1-14.


   title={GPU-Based FFT Computation for Multi-Gigabit WirelessHD Baseband Processing},

   author={Nicholas, H. andTaskin, K.},

   journal={EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking},



   publisher={Hindawi Publishing Corporation}


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The next generation Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) are being considered for non-graphics applications. Millimeter wave (60 Ghz) wireless networks that are capable of multi-gigabit per second (Gbps) transfer rates require a significant baseband throughput. In this work, we consider the baseband of WirelessHD, a 60 GHz communications system, which can provide a data rate of up to 3.8 Gbps over a short range wireless link. Thus, we explore the feasibility of achieving gigabit baseband throughput using the GPUs. One of the most computationally intensive functions commonly used in baseband communications, the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) algorithm, is implemented on an NVIDIA GPU using their general-purpose computing platform called the Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA). The paper, first, investigates the implementation of an FFT algorithm using the GPU hardware and exploiting the computational capability available. It then outlines the limitations discovered and the methods used to overcome these challenges. Finally a new algorithm to compute FFT is proposed, which reduces interprocessor communication. It is further optimized by improving memory access, enabling the processing rate to exceed 4 Gbps, achieving a processing time of a 512-point FFT in less than 200 ns using a two-GPU solution.
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