On a proposed floating-point standard

  title={On a proposed floating-point standard},
  author={W. Kahan and J. Palmer},
  journal={ACM Signum Newsletter},
  • W. Kahan, J. Palmer
  • Published 1979
  • Computer Science
  • ACM Signum Newsletter
  • A standard for binary floating-point arithmetic is being proposed and there is a very real possibility that it will be adopted by many manufacturers and implemented on a wide range of computers. This development matters to all of us concerned with numerical software. One of the principal motivations for the standard is to distribute more evenly the burden of portability between hardware and software. At present, any program intended to be portable must be designed for a mythical computer that… CONTINUE READING
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