Number of significand bits in long double?

Steve Kargl sgk at
Fri Aug 5 15:58:56 GMT 2005

On Fri, Aug 05, 2005 at 05:49:16PM +1000, Peter Jeremy wrote:
> Long double on various FreeBSD architectures is:
> Alpha:	53 bits (no hardware long double)
> ARM:    53 bits (not sure if ARM supports anything else)
> amd64:	64 bits (can be restricted to 24 or 53 bits)
> i386:	64 bits (can be restricted to 24 or 53 bits)
> iA64:   64 bits
> PPC:    53 bits (though I believe the h/w supports 106 or 112 bits)
> SPARC:  113 bits

Thanks for the info.  The code I've written should work on
all of the above with the exception of sparc.  I don't have
access to that hardware, so I won't be writing code for sparc.

> IMHO, it would be nice to run the i386 in native precision but that
> opens up a can of worms (since expressions will wind up being
> evaluated in different precisions depending on whether the compiler
> needs to spill registers onto the stack and whether temporary
> variables are registers or stack).

I'm aware of these worms.

> You probably need to have a chat to bde@

I have a whole mailbox full of bde emails concerning
the polynomial approximations.


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