Subject: Re: IEEE FP on VAX? [was Re: Trouble by compiling/configuring Perl5 on
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List: port-vax
Date: 01/02/2001 11:09:26
> How would one go about doing an IEEE FP emulator for the VAX?  Obviously
> this wouldn't be ideal in terms of performance but it would be useful.
> Lots of FP dependent software assumes that you're using IEEE FP.  IMHO
> this is more of a flaw in the software that makes that assumption.
> Maybe emulation is the wrong approach.  Would it be better to provide a
> compile time library for programs wich need IEEE FP support?

	For what it's worth, this issue was confronted by the DEC VMS group
when they were considering porting Java to VAX/VMS.  They wound up not doing
the port because the felt that they could not get around the FP issue with
acceptable performance.