Remove real type

Bob Jones me at
Thu Apr 22 21:48:11 PDT 2010

"Robert Jacques" <sandford at> wrote in message 
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> On Wed, 21 Apr 2010 23:48:20 -0300, strtr <strtr at> wrote:
>> abcd Wrote:
>>> On the other hand, being an engineer, I use the reals all the time and
>>> want them to stay. I would use the max precision supported by the cpu
>>> then fixed precision like double any day.
>>> -sk
>> For me it's the exact opposite, reproducibility/portability is key. My 
>> problem with real is that I am always afraid my floats get upgraded to 
>> them internally somewhere/somehow.
> You do realize that the x86 floating point unit _always_ promotes floats 
> and doubles to reals internally? The only way around it is for the 
> compiler to use MMX/SSE unit for everything instead.

You can set the internal precision of the x87 unit to 32, 64 or 80 bits, it 
just defaults to 80, and as there's little if any performance difference 
between the 3 modes, thats how it's usualy set.

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