Terrible FPU performance

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Wed Apr 27 07:15:31 CEST 2011


On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 3:11 PM, Alec Taylor <alec.taylor6 at gmail.com> wrote:
> What's an FPU?

Floating Point Unit, the part of your computer's processor that
handles floating-point mathematics. Integer calculations are done in
the main CPU, but the FPU (which these days is part of the same hunk
of silicon, but used to be a separate purchase) gets all the really
hard work farmed off to it.

Gross oversimplification, but hopefully helpful.

Chris Angelico



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