cvs commit: src/lib/msun/src s_expm1f.c
Bruce Evans
bde at FreeBSD.org
Sat Feb 9 04:53:16 PST 2008
bde 2008-02-09 12:53:15 UTC
FreeBSD src repository
Modified files:
lib/msun/src s_expm1f.c
Log:
As usual, use a minimax polynomial that is specialized for float
precision. The new polynomial has degree 4 instead of 10, and a maximum
error of 2**-30.04 ulps instead of 2**-33.15. This doesn't affect the
final error significantly; the maximum error was and is about 0.5015
ulps on i386 -O1, and the number of cases with an error of > 0.5 ulps
is increased from 13851 to 14407.
Note that the error is only this close to 0.5 ulps due to excessive
extra precision caused by compiler bugs on i386. The extra precision
could be obtained intentionally, and is useful for keeping the error
of the hyperbolic float functions below 1 ulp, since these functions
are implemented using expm1f. My recent change for scaling by 2**k
had the unintentional side effect of retaining extra precision for
longer, so callers of expm1f see errors of more like 0.0015 ulps than
0.5015 ulps, and for the hyperbolic functions this reduces the maximum
error from nearly about 2 ulps to about 0.75 ulps.
This is about 10% faster on i386 (A64). expm1* is still very slow,
but now the float version is actually significantly faster. The
algorithm is very sophisticated but not very good except on machines
with fast division.
Revision Changes Path
1.9 +8 -7 src/lib/msun/src/s_expm1f.c
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