**Shift Registers** allow the preservation of intermediate results between sequences of iterations.

To add a **Shift Register**, right click on the **For Loop** structure and select **Add Shift Register** from the
pop-up menu.

To add elements to the **shift register**, right click on the **shift register** and select **Add Element** from
the pop-up menu.

To illustrate the use of the **shift registers**, the following example computes the Fibonacci number Fib(n).

In the Front Panel window, select an integer 32 numeric input and output controls and labeled them **n** and **Fib(n)** respectively. Arrange
the diagram as shown in Shift Register Example.

Add a **0** and **1** numeric constants to initialize the elements of the shift register and wire them to the **i****-****1** and **i****-****2** elements
respectively. Add the **add** operator in the for loop and complete the program wiring as shown in Fibonacci G Program.

For **n**=0, the for loop iterates 0 times and passes 0 to **Fib(n)**, therefore Fib(0) 0. For n 1, the for loop the values in**i****-****1** and **i****-****2** shift register
elements are added (0+1) and saved in the i shift register element (1). Since the loop iterates once only, the resulting value is passed to**Fib(n)**, therefore Fib(1)
1. For n= 2, the first iteration produces the value of 1. Prior to the next and final iteration, the values are shifted in the register as follows:

The value in the **i****-****2** shift register element is discarded

The value in the **i****-****1** shift register element is shifted to the **i****-****2** shift register element

The value in the **i** shift register element is shifted to the**i****-****1** shift
register element

To start the 2^{n}^{d} and final iteration, the**i****-****1** shift register element contains 1
and the **i****-****2** shift register element contains 0. These are added to produce 1, which is passed to
**Fib(n)** and, therefore, Fib(2) 1. This process is repeated for values of **n** > 2.

Save this program as **Fibonacci.vi****.** Figure 7.29 shows the result of Fib(8).

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