[Numpy-discussion] Solaris Sparc build broken

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris at gmail.com
Thu Nov 5 01:37:23 EST 2009

On Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 10:56 PM, David Cournapeau <cournape at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 4:47 AM, Charles R Harris
> <charlesr.harris at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> > And it looks like extended precision has disappeared from the latest
> version
> > or the ieee_754-2008 standard, being replaced by quad precision. I know
> > Intel is also working on quad precision FPU's, so I think that is where
> > things are heading.
> The problem is not so much the format itself, but that it is different
> for almost every arch, and that it needs to be distinguished between
> OS and compilers (long double on ia32 does not mean the same thing on
> mac os x and windows, and does not mean the same thing on windows
> depending on the compiler and even the compiler option).
> This sounds like a maintenance nightmare, with tens of configurations
> to implement (and test). I can't see a simple solution, short of
> dropping support for long double for any feature which needs knowledge
> of the exact representation.
I don't think it's that bad. Leaving out the ppc and sticking to ieee, there
is only double precision, extended precision and quad precision versions of
long double and they  are easily determined at run time. The ppc is the odd
one out.

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