This package is a wrapper around LLVM's builtin floating-point types with 80 and 128 bits, here called
This is very experimental:
- I heard that support for
Float80exists mainly only on x86 CPUs;
- LLVM support for
cos, etc.) is bad on my machine, except for the most simple arithmetic, so conversion to/from
BigFloatis done before/after computation;
- conversions to/from other types is mostly done without consideration for rounding modes;
- there can be unexpected segfaults (which I don't understand);
- this is tested only on Linux; some tests pass on MacOS, but I don't have a machine at hand to check what doesn't work;
- this uses the BitIntegers.jl package,
so the problem of slow REPL experience after
using BitFloatscarries over here;
- arrays of
Float80are prone to segfaults.
An issue is open for last two items in the Julia repository, so these will hopefully be fixed eventually.
It would be desirable to use a proper library for handling
Float128 computations, but I had no luck
with libquadmath for example, results were simply incorrect.
I'm way out of my areas of expertise, both in terms of "talking with LLVM", and in terms of floating-point tricks, so there are bugs along those two dimensions. This package is currently just a starting point, and will need other contributors to stand a chance of becoming reliable.
Note also that there has already been some discussions regarding including a
Float128 type in
for example here.