IBM integer and double formats

John Machin sjmachin at
Tue Nov 11 00:49:31 CET 2008

On Nov 11, 9:00 am, Mark Dickinson <dicki... at> wrote:
> On Nov 10, 7:20 pm, "john.goodleaf" <john.goodl... at> wrote:
> > my own routines, does anyone know of an already-done means of writing
> > integers and floats out to their IBM mainframe equivalents?
> Here's a quick attempt at converting doubles using Python.
> It uses the isnan and isinf functions that are in Python 2.6;
> if you don't have Python 2.6 or don't care about IEEE specials
> then just delete the relevant lines.
> Mark
> def IBMtoIEEE(x):
>     """Convert a Python float (assumed stored as an IEEE 754 double)
>     to IBM hexadecimal float format.

Call me crazy if you like, but I'd name that function IEEEtoIBM.

> return "%x" % (s*2**63 + e*2**56 + m)

That's a hexadecimal representation in lowercase with no leading
zeroes ... variable length and lowercase doesn't seem very IBM to me.

The extremely ugly C code in
seems to indicate an 8-byte bigendian binary representation. Note that
page contains a tohex() function which is not used AFAICT.

Perhaps this would do the job:
return struct.pack('>Q', s*2**63 + e*2**56 + m)


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