CUDA Papers

A collection of research papers and projects utilizing CUDA technology

High Performance Discrete Fourier Transforms on Graphics Processors


We present novel algorithms for computing Fourier transforms with high performance on GPUs. We present hierarchical, mixed radix FFT algorithms for both power-of-two and non-power-of-two sizes. Our hierarchical FFT algorithms efficiently exploit shared memory on GPUs using a Stockham formulation. We reduce the memory transpose overheads in hierarchical algorithms by combining the transposes into a block-based multi-FFT algorithm. For non-power-of-two sizes, we use a combination of mixed radix FFTs of small primes and Bluestein’s algorithm. We use modular arithmetic in Bluestein’s algorithm to improve the accuracy. We implemented our algorithms using the NVIDIA CUDA API and compared their performance with NVIDIA’s CUFFT library and an optimized CPU-implementation (Intel’s MKL) on a high-end quad-core CPU. On an NVIDIA GPU, we obtained up to 250 GFlops, a 3x performance improvement over CUFFT, and 5-25x improvement over MKL on large sizes.


Naga Govindaraju, Brandon Lloyd, Yuri Dotsenko, Burton Smith, John Manferdelli, Microsoft Corporation

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