Created 12/09/02; edited: 05/30/15


Quiz on MIPS Floating Point

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1. What advantage does 64-bit double precision have over 32-bit single precision?

A.    Increased precision.
B.    A greater range of values is covered.
C.    Greater speed.
D.    Increased precision and a greater range of values.

2. How many single precision floating point registers does MIPS have?

A.    8
B.    16
C.    32
D.    64

3. What is special about register $f0?

A.    It always holds a floating point zero.
B.    It always holds an integer zero.
C.    It gets the results of a multiply operation.
D.    Nothing is special about it.

4. With actual hardware is there a load delay associated with loading a floating point register from memory?

A.    No. Only integers cause a load delay.
B.    No. Load delays do not apply to coprocessor 0.
C.    Yes. To main memory a floating point representation is just a bit pattern like any other.
D.    Yes. Floating point bits take longer to move.

5. Does each possible 32-bit pattern represent a single precision float?

A.    No. Most 32-bit patterns represent only integers.
B.    No. Some 32-bit patterns put illegal values in the fields of the float.
C.    Yes. Each possible 32-bit patterns represents a particular float.
D.    Yes. But some numbers are represented by several 32-bit patterns.

6. Which of the following program fragments copies a floating point value from spotA to spotB?

A.   
l.s $f4,spotA
s.s $f4,spotB
B.   
s.s $f4,spotB
l.s $f4,spotA
C.   
lf $f4,spotA
sf $f4,spotB
D.   
li.f $f4,spotA
si.f $f4,spotB

7. Can a general purpose register be used with a floating point instruction?

A.    Yes, as long as the bit pattern in it represents a float.
B.    Yes, as long as at least one other operand is in a floating point register.
C.    No. It can hold a floating point representation, but can't be used in a floating point operation.
D.    No. General purpose registers can't hold floating point representations.

8. A single precision float has 24 bits of precision. This is equivalent to how many digits in a decimal representation?

A.    7 or 8
B.    9 or 10
C.    12
D.    24 or 25

9. Which of the following code fragments subtracts valB from valA, ensures that the result is positive, and stores the result in result?

A.   
l.s   $f6,valA
l.s   $f8,valB
sub.s $f4,$f6,$f8
abs.s $f4
s.s   $f4,result
B.   
l.s   $f6,valA
l.s   $f8,valB
sub.s $f4,$f6,$f8
abs.s $f4,$f4
s.s   $f4,result
C.   
li.s   $f6,valA
li.s   $f8,valB
sub.s $f4,$f6,$f8
abs.s $f4,$f4
sf.s   $f4,result
D.   
l.s   $f6,valB
l.s   $f8,valA
sub.s $f4,$f6,$f8
abs.s $f4,$f4
s.s   $f4,result

10. Here is a polynomial ax3 + bx2 + cx + d. Factor this polynomial to show how it would be evaluated using Horner's method.

A.    x( x( ax + b) + c) + d
B.    cx + d + ax3 + bx2
C.    x3( a + bx-1) + cx-2) + d
D.    (a + b + c + d)(x3 + x2 + x1 + 1)

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