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RE: Processor-specific code

----Original Message----
>From: Richard Earnshaw
>Sent: 15 April 2005 17:42

> On Fri, 2005-04-15 at 15:50, Robert Dewar wrote:
>> Richard Earnshaw wrote:
>>> Not all environments can change the rounding mode dynamically.  For
>>> example, on the FPA co-processor for ARM, rounding is set by the
>>> instruction selected -- so the concept of having an environment variable
>>> to control this is meaningless.
>> Right, such a feature obviously does not apply to hardware that is this
>> far from the IEEE standard (which requires dynamic control). The Alpha
>> architecture has similar problems.
> Precisely which statement in IEEE 754-1985 states this?  As far as I can
> tell this standard is a mathematical abstraction for mapping floating
> point onto machine types.  Chapter 4 describes the required rounding
> modes but definitely makes no statement saying that this has to be
> selectable in a dynamic manner.
> R.

  Doesn't the C language spec require the mode to be switchable at runtime?

  In any case, the ARM or Alpha isn't prevented from working in such a
fashion just because the rounding mode is encoded in the instruction; it
just means that fp primitives have to be compiled as intrinsics that test
whatever flag controls the rounding mode and then branch to an fp insn of
the appropriate form.

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