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Re: GMP Project

From: Kevin Ryde
Subject: Re: GMP Project
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 09:29:52 +1000
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"Warren W. Gay VE3WWG" <address@hidden> writes:
> I have been looking high and low for an open sourced/GPL'd
> DECIMAL arithmetic library. I did find a few commercial ones,
> but none for decimal floating point yet.

Alas I'm not aware of any either.

> Your GMP project
> comes close, providing binary floating point support. However,
> commercial software often requires decimal arithmetic to avoid
> "off by a penny" errors etc.
> Consequently, I would like to suggest that the GMP project
> group support this functionality in the future. Unfortunately,
> I have nothing to offer in way of support -- only the suggestion.

I guess something like that could come out looking pretty similar to
gmp, but it'd probably be very different internally.

Depending whether efficiency is a big concern it might be possible to
make use of an mpz_t plus base 10 exponenent.

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