Short course in Floating-point Arithmetic
24 Jul 1998 12:27:05 -0400

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Newsgroups: comp.compilers,comp.programming,
Date: 24 Jul 1998 12:27:05 -0400
Organization: Engineering Computer Services
Keywords: courses, arithmetic

Professors W. Kahan and R. Fateman from UC Berkeley and Professor
I. Koren from UMass will offer a three-day short course entitled:


Course dates: Thur. August 13 - Sat. August 15, 1998, in Berkeley,
Course web page:

This short course will cover:
* The IEEE Floating-point standard
* Floating-point units - design principles (operations to be implemented
    in hardware, common algorithms for their implementations, pipelining,
    rounding, coping with special cases like gradual underflow)
* Floating-point exceptions - why they should not be handled by the
    OS, how to live with imprecise interrupts, linguistic inconveniences
* Instruction sets - the three predominant designs, historical
    blunders, comparisons
* Language and compilers - the issue of access to full floating-point
    facilities the software level, language standards, semantics, and
* Libraries of elementary functions
* Testing and validating floating-point hardware and libraries

Details about the course, registration form, some attendees' comments
on the previous 2-day courses (offered in January 1996 and June 1997),
and other items can be found in the course web page at:


Israel Koren
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: (413)545-2643
FAX: (413)545-1993

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