IEEE 754: An Interview with William Kahan

  title={IEEE 754: An Interview with William Kahan},
  author={C. Severance},
  • C. Severance
  • Published 1998
  • Computer Science
  • Computer
  • Standards I f you were a programmer using floating point computations in the 1960s and 1970s, you had to cope with a wide variety of configurations, with each computer supporting a different range and accuracy for floating-point numbers. While most of these differences were merely annoying, some were very serious. One computer, for example, might have values that behaved as non-zero for additions but behaved as zero for division. Sometimes a programmer had to multiply all values by 1.0 or… CONTINUE READING
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