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bear <bear@xxxxxxxxx> writes: > 1) Represent powers of ten exactly, indicating a numeric format > with an exponent-of-five as well as an exponent-of-two. Why not a single exponent-of-ten instead? > So, unexectedly, if I can be clever enough with my basic operations > to avoid cache stalls and conditionals, this isn't even a big > performance hit. I believe this would be a serious performance hit. The format is complex, and it's not supported by hardware like binary FP. And with a uniform representation you can't use a fast path for integer only operations. -- __("< Marcin Kowalczyk \__/ qrczak@xxxxxxxxxx ^^ http://qrnik.knm.org.pl/~qrczak/