Thursday, March 20, 2008

Floating-Point Computation Errors

In the exploritory testing email list this morning there was a link to Dr. Kahan's papers on floating-point computations. Below is an example of how Wintel platform and almost every other computer architecture leads to incorrect floating point computations. Click on the table to expand for reading. Read the paper yourself and draw your own conspiracy theory. How Futile ... Floating-Point Computation? (Extract presented to Householder Symposium XVI)(PDF file)

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