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Subject: [boost] Request to contribute boost::FFT
From: Brendon Costa (brendon.j.costa_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-06-03 16:32:28

> In short - A couple functions with a few pointers would fall
> dismally short of the 'mark'.
I agree with this. We need to define an interface that can accommodate the
various forms of usage and implementation of the DFT. Even if the first
implementation of that interface is limited in terms of performance.

So far everyone has identified a number of things that may belong in a DFT
interface. Maybe we need to work on a list. However I don't know if the
original poster is up for this kind of work. He proposed a simple
implementation of FFT that covered a single usage.

Some of the things to support so far in the interface include:
* Abstraction of data it operates on (std::complex, fixed point, ...)
* Abstraction of dimensionality
* Abstraction of memory layout of data (Is it strided, are the real/imag
interleaved, if doing multiple dimensions how are they arranged in memory).
Using iterators is probably sufficient here
* Size of the transform (supporting non power of 2 is important)
* Does it use temporary storage or not
   On this point I think this is a must. If for example you want to support
using FFTW as a backend implementation, you want to be able to store data
across transform calls.
* Is the transform to happen in-place or not
* Do we allow definition of phase rotations as part of the interface or
require them as pre/post processing steps
   I am not sold on this as part of the transform itself.
* Do we want to support (probably separate interface) real (vs complex) DFT
* How will we support backend customizations?
   Allowing a single interface to be backed by say FFTW is probably a very
good thing in this situation. Not just FFTW but many embedded platforms
provide their own custom implementation of the FFT that a user may wish to
utilize, but wrap it in a compatible API.

I dont agree that we should have one "transform" that is specialized for
DFT, DCT, ... But whatever interface we define is probably worth thinking
how it applies to other similar transforms. I.e. The usage could be almost

I have been looking at this as I am working on a concept for a library
called Boost.GAL (Same as GIL but for audio). In doing so I feel that GIL
has been made too specific working on 2D data for images only, as opposed
to a DSP library that can work in N dimensions. I.e. If we define a DFT or
DCT, having that same algo work both for a Graphics or Audio library and
any other kind of DSP application is probably a good thing.

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