Simple ARM NEON optimized sin, cos, log and exp

This is the sequel of the single precision SSE optimized sin, cos, log and exp that I wrote some time ago. Adapted to the NEON fpu of my pandaboard. Precision and range are exactly the same than the SSE version, so I won't repeat them.

The code

The functions below are licensed under the zlib license, so you can do basically what you want with them.

  • neon_mathfun.h source code for sin_ps, cos_ps, sincos_ps, exp_ps, log_ps, as straight C.
  • neon_mathfun_test.c Validation+Bench program for those function. Do not forget to run it once.

Performance

Results on a pandaboard with a 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 (OMAP4), using gcc 4.6.1

command line: gcc -O3 -mfloat-abi=softfp -mfpu=neon -march=armv7-a -mtune=cortex-a9 -Wall -W neon_mathfun_test.c -lm

So performance is not stellar. I recommend to use gcc 4.6.1 or newer as it generates much better code than previous (gcc 4.5) versions -- almost 20% faster here. I believe rewriting these functions in assembly would improve the performance by 30%, and should not be very hard as the ARM and NEON asm is quite nice and easy to write -- maybe I'll do it. Computing two SIMD vectors at once would also help to improve a lot the performance as there are enough registers on NEON, and it would reduce the dependancies between neon instructions.

Note also that I have no idea of the performance on a Cortex A8 -- it may be extremely bad, I don't know.

Comparison with an Intel Atom

For comparison purposes, here is the performance of the SSE version on a single core Intel Atom N270 running at 1.66GHz

command line: cl.exe /arch:SSE /O2 /TP /MD sse_mathfun_test.c (this is msvc 2010)

The number of cycles is quite similar -- but the atom has a higher clock..

Last modified: 2011/05/29

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