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Composite arithmetic: proposal for a new standard

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1 Author(s)
Holmes, W.N. ; Dept. of Comput., Tasmania Univ., Launceston, Tas., Australia

A general-purpose arithmetic standard could give general computation the kind of reliability and stability that the floating-point standard brought to scientific computing. The author describes composite arithmetic as a possible starting point. He describes a formatting scheme for storage and display of exact and inexact numbers and an extended arithmetic with a number format as its basis. He also introduces possibilities for implementing the arithmetic and discusses the interface between the representations and the arithmetic

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Computer  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 3 )