Joerg Sonnenberger <joerg%britannica.bec.de@localhost> writes: > On Sat, May 04, 2013 at 08:50:29AM -0400, Greg Troxel wrote: >> >> Joerg Sonnenberger <joerg%britannica.bec.de@localhost> writes: >> >> > On Sat, May 04, 2013 at 07:14:00AM -0400, Greg Troxel wrote: >> >> So are you proposing then >> >> >> >> 1) Make gcc and clang use larger storage (maybe already true) and avoid >> >> SSE instructions for variables declared as long double? >> > >> > That's already the case. long double computations always use the i387. >> > The point is that I want them to get the extended precision. >> >> If what you want to do now is to change the way rounding is handled so >> that: >> >> long double variables get the 80-bit precision >> >> without >> >> making (non-long) doubles get results that don't comply with IEEE754 >> (by using extended precision intermedate values) >> >> then that sounds fine. But I can't really tell what you want to change. > > ISO C99 specifies rules on when the compiler is allowed to use a higher > precision for intermediate values and when not. That includes macros for > deciding what types the math is done in. We get away with our hack > mostly because underflow/overflow are rare enough that the larger > exponent is not visible. See also -ffloat-store and > -fexcess-precision=standard. I still cannot follow exactly what you are proposing to change.
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