Modulo-N circular convolution


c = cconv(a,b,n)
c = cconv(gpuArrayA,gpuArrayB,n)


Circular convolution is used to convolve two discrete Fourier transform (DFT) sequences. For very long sequences, circular convolution may be faster than linear convolution.

c = cconv(a,b,n) circularly convolves vectors a and b. n is the length of the resulting vector. If you omit n, it defaults to length(a)+length(b)-1. When n = length(a)+length(b)-1, the circular convolution is equivalent to the linear convolution computed with conv. You can also use cconv to compute the circular cross-correlation of two sequences (see the example below).

c = cconv(gpuArrayA,gpuArrayB,n) returns the circular convolution of the input vectors of class gpuArray. See Establish Arrays on a GPU for details on gpuArray objects. Using cconv with gpuArray objects requires Parallel Computing Toolbox™ software and a CUDA-enabled NVIDIA GPU with compute capability 1.3 or above. See for details. The output vector, c, is a gpuArray object. See Circular Convolution using the GPU for an example of using the GPU to compute the circular convolution.


The following example calculates a modulo-4 circular convolution.

a = [2 1 2 1];
b = [1 2 3 4];
c = cconv(a,b,4)
c =
    14    16    14    16

The following example compares a circular correlation, where n uses the default value, and a linear convolution. The resulting norm is a value that is virtually zero, which shows that the two convolutions produce virtually the same result.

a = [1 2 -1 1];
b = [1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1];
c = cconv(a,b);            % Circular convolution
cref = conv(a,b);          % Linear convolution
dif = norm(c-cref)
dif =

The following example uses cconv to compute the circular cross-correlation of two sequences. The result is compared to the cross-correlation computed using xcorr.

a = [1 2 2 1]+1i;
b = [1 3 4 1]-2*1i;
c = cconv(a,conj(fliplr(b)),7);   % Compute using cconv
cref = xcorr(a,b);                % Compute using xcorr
dif = norm(c-cref)
dif =

Circular Convolution using the GPU

The following example requires Parallel Computing Toolbox software and a CUDA-enabled NVIDIA GPU with compute capability 1.3 or above. See for details.

Create two signals consisting of a 1 kHz sine wave in additive white Gaussian noise. The sampling rate is 10 kHz

Fs = 1e4;
t = 0:1/Fs:10-(1/Fs);
x = cos(2*pi*1e3*t)+randn(size(t));
y = sin(2*pi*1e3*t)+randn(size(t));

Put x and y on the GPU using gpuArray. Obtain the circular convolution using the GPU.

x = gpuArray(x);
y = gpuArray(y);
cirC = cconv(x,y,length(x)+length(y)-1);

Compare the result to the linear convolution of x and y.

linC = conv(x,y);

Return the circular convolution, cirC, to the MATLAB® workspace using gather.

cirC = gather(cirC);


[1] Orfanidis, S. J. Introduction to Signal Processing. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1996, pp. 524–529.

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