The New IEEE-754 Standard for Floating Point Arithmetic

Author Peter Markstein

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Peter Markstein. The New IEEE-754 Standard for Floating Point Arithmetic. In Numerical Validation in Current Hardware Architectures. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 8021, pp. 1-3, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2008)


The current IEEE-754 floating point standard was adopted 23 years ago. IEEE chartered a committee to revise the standard to include new common practice in floating point arithmetic, to incorporate decimal floating point into the standard, and to address the issue of reproducible results. This talk will visit these issues, based on the current work of the IEEE-754 revisions committee, which expects that a new standard will be adopted sometime in 2008.
  • Floating point arithmetic
  • standards


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