What Every Computer Scientist Should Know About Floating-Point Arithmetic
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What Every Computer Scientist Should Know About Floating-Point Arithmetic

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Floating-point arithmetic is considered an esoteric subject by many people. This is rather surprising because floating-point is ubiquitous in computer systems. Almost every language has a floating-point datatype; computers from PCs to supercomputers have floating-point accelerators; most compilers will be called upon to compile floating-point algorithms from time to time; and virtually every operating system must respond to floating-point exceptions such as overflow. This paper presents a... More
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Date Added to MERLOT: August 27, 2013
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 27, 2013
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Keywords: rounding mode, floating-point, NaN, ulp, floating-point standard, exception, Algorithms, underflow, Design, Languages, Denormalized number, guard digit, overflow, relative error, gradual underflow, rounding error

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