Real PartialSystolic Matrix Solve Using Qless QR Decomposition
Compute value of X in the equation A'AX = B for realvalued matrices using Qless QR decomposition
Since R2020b
Libraries:
FixedPoint Designer HDL Support /
Matrices and Linear Algebra /
Linear System Solvers
Description
The Real PartialSystolic Matrix Solve Using Qless QR Decomposition block solves the system of linear equations A'AX = B using Qless QR decomposition, where A and B are realvalued matrices.
When Regularization parameter is nonzero, the Real PartialSystolic Matrix Solve Using Qless QR Decomposition block solves the matrix equation
$${\left[\begin{array}{c}\lambda {I}_{n}\\ A\end{array}\right]}^{\text{'}}\cdot \left[\begin{array}{c}\lambda {I}_{n}\\ A\end{array}\right]X=\left({\lambda}^{2}{I}_{n}+A\text{'}A\right)X=B$$
where λ is the regularization parameter,
A is an mbyn matrix, and
I_{n} =
eye(n)
.
Examples
Ports
Input
A(i,:) — Rows of real matrix A
vector
Rows of real matrix A, specified as a vector. A is an mbyn matrix where m ≥ 2 and m ≥ n. If B is single or double, A must be the same data type as B. If A is a fixedpoint data type, A must be signed, use binarypoint scaling, and have the same word length as B. Slopebias representation is not supported for fixedpoint data types.
Data Types: single
 double
 fixed point
B — Matrix B
vector  matrix
Real matrix B, specified as a vector or matrix. B is an nbyp matrix where n ≥ 2. If A is single or double, B must be the same data type as A. If B is a fixedpoint data type, B must be signed, use binarypoint scaling, and have the same word length as A. Slopebias representation is not supported for fixedpoint data types.
Data Types: single
 double
 fixed point
validInA — Whether A input is valid
Boolean
scalar
Whether A(i, :)
input is valid, specified as a Boolean
scalar. This control signal indicates when the data from the
A(i,:)
input port is valid. When this value is
1
(true
) and the readyA
value is 1
(true
), the block captures the values
at the A(i,:)
input port. When this value is 0
(false
), the block ignores the input samples.
After sending a true
validInA
signal, there may be some delay before
readyA
is set to false
. To ensure all data
is processed, you must wait until readyA
is set to
false
before sending another true
validInA
signal.
Data Types: Boolean
validInB — Whether B input is valid
Boolean
scalar
Whether B
input is valid, specified as a Boolean scalar. This
control signal indicates when the data from the B
input port is
valid. When this value is 1
(true
) and the
readyB
value is 1
(true
),
the block captures the values at the B
input port. When this
value is 0
(false
), the block ignores the input
samples.
After sending a true
validInB
signal, there may be some delay before
readyB
is set to false
. To ensure all data
is processed, you must wait until readyB
is set to
false
before sending another true
validInB
signal.
Data Types: Boolean
restart — Whether to clear internal states
Boolean
scalar
Whether to clear internal states, specified as a Boolean scalar. When this value
is 1 (true
), the block stops the current calculation and clears all
internal states. When this value is 0 (false
) and the
validInA
and validInB
values are 1
(true
), the block begins a new subframe.
Data Types: Boolean
Output
X — Matrix X
vector  matrix
Matrix X, returned as a vector or matrix.
Data Types: single
 double
 fixed point
validOut — Whether output data is valid
Boolean
scalar
Whether the output data is valid, returned as a Boolean scalar. This control
signal indicates when the data at the output port X
is valid.
When this value is 1
(true
), the block has
successfully computed a row of X. When this value is
0
(false
), the output data is not
valid.
Data Types: Boolean
readyA — Whether block is ready for input A
Boolean
scalar
Whether the block is ready for input A(i, :)
, returned as a
Boolean scalar. This control signal indicates when the block is ready for new input
data. When this value is 1 (true
) and validInA
value is 1 (true
), the block accepts input data in the next time
step. When this value is 0 (false
), the block ignores input data in
the next time step.
After sending a true
validInA
signal, there may be some delay before
readyA
is set to false
. To ensure all data
is processed, you must wait until readyA
is set to
false
before sending another true
validInA
signal.
Data Types: Boolean
readyB — Whether block is ready for input B
Boolean
scalar
Whether the block is ready for input B
, returned as a Boolean
scalar. This control signal indicates when the block is ready for new input data. When
this value is 1 (true
) and validInB
value is 1
(true
), the block accepts input data in the next time step. When
this value is 0 (false
), the block ignores input data in the next
time step.
After sending a true
validInB
signal, there may be some delay before
readyB
is set to false
. To ensure all data
is processed, you must wait until readyB
is set to
false
before sending another true
validInB
signal.
Data Types: Boolean
Parameters
Number of rows in matrix A — Number of rows in matrix A
4
(default)  positive integervalued scalar
Number of rows in matrix A, specified as a positive integervalued scalar.
Programmatic Use
Block Parameter:
m 
Type: character vector 
Values: positive integervalued scalar 
Default:
4 
Number of columns in matrix A and rows in matrix B — Number of columns in matrix A and rows in matrix B
4
(default)  positive integervalued scalar
Number of columns in matrix A and rows in matrix B, specified as a positive integervalued scalar.
Programmatic Use
Block Parameter:
n 
Type: character vector 
Values: positive integervalued scalar 
Default:
4 
Number of columns in matrix B — Number of columns in matrix B
1
(default)  positive integervalued scalar
Number of columns in matrix B, specified as a positive integervalued scalar.
Programmatic Use
Block Parameter:
p 
Type: character vector 
Values: positive integervalued scalar 
Default:
1 
Regularization parameter — Regularization parameter
0 (default)  real nonnegative scalar
Regularization parameter, specified as a nonnegative scalar. Small, positive values of the regularization parameter can improve the conditioning of the problem and reduce the variance of the estimates. While biased, the reduced variance of the estimate often results in a smaller mean squared error when compared to leastsquares estimates.
Programmatic Use
Block Parameter:
regularizationParameter 
Type: character vector 
Values: real nonnegative scalar 
Default:
0 
Output datatype — Data type of output matrix X
fixdt(1,18,14)
(default)  double
 single
 fixdt(1,16,0)
 <data type expression>
Data type of the output matrix X, specified as
fixdt(1,18,14)
, double
,
single
, fixdt(1,16,0)
, or as a userspecified
data type expression. The type can be specified directly, or expressed as a data type
object such as Simulink.NumericType
.
Programmatic Use
Block Parameter:
OutputType 
Type: character vector 
Values:
'fixdt(1,18,14)'  'double' 
'single'  'fixdt(1,16,0)' 
'<data type expression>' 
Default:
'fixdt(1,18,14)' 
Algorithms
Choosing the Implementation Method
Systolic implementations prioritize speed of computations over space constraints, while burst implementations prioritize space constraints at the expense of speed of the operations. The following table illustrates the tradeoffs between the implementations available for matrix decompositions and solving systems of linear equations.
Implementation  Throughput  Latency  Area 

Systolic  C  O(n)  O(mn^{2}) 
PartialSystolic  C  O(m)  O(n^{2}) 
PartialSystolic with Forgetting Factor  C  O(n)  O(n^{2}) 
Burst  O(n)  O(mn)  O(n) 
Where C is a constant proportional to the word length of the data, m is the number of rows in matrix A, and n is the number of columns in matrix A.
For additional considerations in selecting a block for your application, see Choose a Block for HDLOptimized FixedPoint Matrix Operations.
AMBA AXI Handshake Process
This block uses the AMBA AXI handshake protocol [1]. The valid/ready
handshake process is used to transfer data and control information. This twoway control mechanism allows both the manager and subordinate to control the rate at which information moves between manager and subordinate. A valid
signal indicates when data is available. The ready
signal indicates that the block can accept the data. Transfer of data occurs only when both the valid
and ready
signals are high.
Synchronous vs Asynchronous Implementation
The Matrix Solve Using QR Decomposition blocks operate synchronously. These blocks first decompose the input A and B matrices into R and C matrices using a QR decomposition block. Then, a back substitute block computes RX = C. The input A and B matrices propagate through the system in parallel, in a synchronized way.
The Matrix Solve Using Qless QR Decomposition blocks operate asynchronously. First, Qless QR decomposition is performed on the input A matrix and the resulting R matrix is put into a buffer. Then, a forward backward substitution block uses the input B matrix and the buffered R matrix to compute R'RX = B. Because the R and B matrices are stored separately in buffers, the upstream Qless QR decomposition block and the downstream Forward Backward Substitute block can run independently. The Forward Backward Substitute block starts processing when the first R and B matrices are available. Then it runs continuously using the latest buffered R and B matrices, regardless of the status of the Qless QR Decomposition block. For example, if the upstream block stops providing A and B matrices, the Forward Backward Substitute block continues to generate the same output using the last pair of R and B matrices.
The Burst (Asynchronous) Matrix Solve Using Qless QR Decomposition blocks are available in both synchronous and asynchronous operation variants, as denoted by the block name.
Block Timing
The PartialSystolic Matrix Solve Using Qless QR Decomposition blocks accept matrix A rowbyrow and matrix B as a single vector. After accepting the first valid pair of A and B matrices, the block outputs the X matrices row by row continuously.
For example, assume that the input A matrix is 3by3. Additionally
assume that validIn
asserts before ready
, meaning that
the upstream data source is faster than the QR decomposition.
In the figure,
A1r1
is the first row of the first A matrix,A1r2
is the second row of the first A matrix, and so on.validIn
toready
— From a successful A row input to the block being ready to accept the next row.validOut
tovalidOut
— Because the Forward Backward Substitution block runs continuously, it generates output at a constant rate. This is the delay between two adjacent valid outputs.Last row
validIn
tovalidOut
— From the last m^{th} row input to the block starting to output the solution.This block is always ready to accept B matrices, so
readyB
is always asserted.
The following table provides details of the timing for the PartialSystolic Matrix Solve Using Qless QR Decomposition blocks.
Block  Operation  validIn to ready (cycles)  validOut to validOut
(cycles)  Last Row validIn to validOut
(cycles) 

Real PartialSystolic Matrix Solve Using Qless QR Decomposition  Asynchronous  wl + 7  4*n^{2} + 25*n + 5 + 2*n*wl + 2*n*nextpow2(wl)  4*n^{2} + 25*n + 5 + 2*n*wl + 2*n*nextpow2(wl) + (wl + 6)*n + 2 
Complex PartialSystolic Matrix Solve Using Qless QR Decomposition  Asynchronous  wl + 9  4*n^{2} + 25*n + 5 + 2*n*wl + 2*n*nextpow2(wl)  4*n^{2} + 25*n + 5 + 2*n*wl + 2*n*nextpow2(wl) + (wl + 7.5)*2*n + 2 
In the table, m represents the number of rows in matrix A, and n is the number of columns in matrix A. wl represents the word length of A.
If the data type of A is double, then wl is 53.
If the data type of A is single, then wl is 24.
If the data type of A is fixed point, then wl is the word length.
Hardware Resource Utilization
This block supports HDL code generation using the Simulink^{®} HDL Workflow Advisor. For an example, see HDL Code Generation and FPGA Synthesis from Simulink Model (HDL Coder) and Implement Digital Downconverter for FPGA (DSP HDL Toolbox).
In R2022b: The following tables show the post placeandroute resource utilization results and timing summary, respectively.
This example data was generated by synthesizing the block on a Xilinx^{®} Zynq^{®} UltraScale™ + RFSoC ZCU111 evaluation board. The synthesis tool was Vivado^{®} v.2020.2 (win64).
The following parameters were used for synthesis.
Block parameters:
m = 16
n = 16
p = 1
Matrix A dimension: 16by16
Matrix B dimension: 16by1
Input data type:
sfix16_En14
Target frequency: 250 MHz
Resource  Usage  Available  Utilization (%) 

CLB LUTs  104968  425280  24.68 
CLB Registers  90547  850560  10.65 
DSPs  4  4272  0.09 
Block RAM Tile  0  1080  0.00 
URAM  0  80  0.00 
Value  

Requirement  4 ns 
Data Path Delay  3.785 ns 
Slack  0.197 ns 
Clock Frequency  262.95 MHz 
References
[1] "AMBA AXI and ACE Protocol Specification Version E." https://developer.arm.com/documentation/ihi0022/e/AMBAAXI3andAXI4ProtocolSpecification/SingleInterfaceRequirements/Basicreadandwritetransactions/Handshakeprocess
Extended Capabilities
C/C++ Code Generation
Generate C and C++ code using Simulink® Coder™.
Slopebias representation is not supported for fixedpoint data types.
HDL Code Generation
Generate VHDL, Verilog and SystemVerilog code for FPGA and ASIC designs using HDL Coder™.
HDL Coder™ provides additional configuration options that affect HDL implementation and synthesized logic.
This block has one default HDL architecture.
General  

ConstrainedOutputPipeline  Number of registers to place at
the outputs by moving existing delays within your design. Distributed
pipelining does not redistribute these registers. The default is

InputPipeline  Number of input pipeline stages
to insert in the generated code. Distributed pipelining and constrained
output pipelining can move these registers. The default is

OutputPipeline  Number of output pipeline stages
to insert in the generated code. Distributed pipelining and constrained
output pipelining can move these registers. The default is

Supports fixedpoint data types only.
Version History
Introduced in R2020bR2023a: Smart unrolling for improved resource utilization
This block depends on a partialsystolic QR decomposition block. Since 23a, when you update the diagram, the loop which composes the partialsystolic pipeline in the QR decomposition block is unrolled. This updated internal architecture removes dead operations in simulation and generated code, thus requiring fewer hardware resources. This block simulates with clock and bittrue fidelity with respect to library versions of these blocks in previous releases.
R2022a: Support for Tikhonov regularization parameter
The Real PartialSystolic Matrix Solve Using Qless QR Decomposition block now supports the Tikhonov Regularization parameter.
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