[MPFR] Seeking the fastest numerical library for quadruple precision in C/C++/Fortran

Paul Zimmermann Paul.Zimmermann at loria.fr
Wed Jul 4 11:51:57 CEST 2007

       Dear Michael,

there are several packages offering more than double precision:

- some machine vendors have implemented efficient quad precision in
  hardware (or at least in microcode). In particular Peter Markstein
  did implement a fast library on the Itanium. See the proceedings of
  the RNC5 conference (Lyon, 2003).
- Bayley et al. have designed a quad-double package, but as far as I understand
  they do not guarantee correct rounding even for addition and subtraction,
  and the last test I did, it was slower than mpfr for the same accuracy.
- there is recent work by Laurent and de Dinechin on a triple-double
  arithmetic package, which is quite efficient and portable. See for example

Hope this helps,
Paul Zimmermann


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