CS267: Lecture 13, Mar 2 1999

Floating Point Arithmetic


We first give a brief overview of floating point arithmetic, particularly IEEE floating point arithmetic, and discuss its impact on writing high performance software.

Lecture Notes

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  • Primary Readings

  • Lecture Notes by W. Kahan from CS267, Spring 1996
  • Lecture Notes by J. Demmel from CS267, Spring 1995
  • Secondary Readings

  • Detailed Notes on IEEE Arithmetic by W. Kahan
  • "The Baleful Effect of Computer Benchmarks upon Applied Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry by W. Kahan