[gmpi] Re: Topic 1: Audience for and users of plugins

  • From: Steve Harris <S.W.Harris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: gmpi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 18:23:54 +0000

On Thu, Feb 20, 2003 at 01:16:59 -0500, Bill Gardner wrote:
> Regarding the fixed-point, floating point discussion, fixed point is always 
> going to be cheaper than floating point, so it will never go away, rather 
> it will migrate to cost sensitive applications.

Often, yes, but the next generation of x86 CPUs can do more float maths
than per second than integer. Infact the Intanium doesn't even have a
complete integer unit, it converts to float, passes MULs and so on to the
float units then converts back.

- Steve

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