VAX floating point: a solid foundation for numerical computation

  title={VAX floating point: a solid foundation for numerical computation},
  author={Mary Payne and Dileep Bhandarkar},
  journal={SIGARCH Comput. Archit. News},
This paper describes the environment provided by the recently announced enhanced VAX floating point architecture and compares it with the features described in various proposals for an IEEE Floating Point Standard. The IEEE Standards Committee created a Working Group on Floating Point Arithmetic late in 1977. Four formal proposals for a floating point standard have been submitted to the Working Group. Of these, three have received extensive discussion. The fourth describes a floating point… 

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