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Author Fraley, Bob ♦ Walther, Steve
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract While the denormalized numbers extend the effective range of a floating point format for a given number format, we feel that the benefits do not justify the expense. This expense can be seen not only in the implementation of floating point but in the use of the resulting system. We feel that they further increase the difficulty of understanding the standard and its implications. Specifically:a. The feature increases the complexity of implementing the standard.b. The cost of producing high-quality software will increase because of this feature.c. Unexpected errors may be introduced into results due to denormalized numbers.d. The added effective range is quite small, especially in Double Format.e. Denormalized numbers may be added at a later time if desired, losing little of the proposed facility.
Description Affiliation: Hewlett-Packard Laboratories (Fraley, Bob; Walther, Steve)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1990-01-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal ACM SIGNUM Newsletter (SGNM)
Volume Number 14
Issue Number si-2
Page Count 2
Starting Page 22
Ending Page 23

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Source: ACM Digital Library