Last update: Jun 17, 2018

Library for arithmetics with double-double precision

Masahide Kashiwagi

1. Introduction

This library provides a computation with the double-double precision (corresponding to the quadruple precision) using Knuth's twosum algorithm and Dekker's twoproduct algorithm, as the software provided by David H. Bailey in High-Precision Software Directory .

This library (dd.hpp) has:

Moreover, this library is able to perform the interval arithmetic with the double-double precision with the following functions in rdd.hpp:

2. Files

(requiring conv-dd.hpp, fpu53.hpp, convert.hpp, and constants.hpp)
(requiring hwround.hpp, rdd-hwround.hpp, and rdd-nohwround.hpp)

3. How to use

See test-dd.hpp for the dd arithmetic. See test-idd.hpp for the interval arithmetic with the dd precision.

4. Algorithm

See section 1-4 in double-double arithmeric and double-double interval arithmeric (Version 2018/6/9, in Japanese) . Or see simple memos.

5. Interval arithmetic with dd precision

The interval arithmetic with the dd precision is performed by changing a rounding mode accurately. See section 5 in double-double arithmeric and double-double interval arithmeric (Version 2018/6/9, in Japanese) .

6. Compile Option

It may be possible to speed up with the compile option, see 20. Changing Rounding Mode and Compile Options for details.

7. Problem of 32bit mode of Intel's CPU

Intel's CPUs has the following two floating point units:

The computational precision in FPU is 80bit (total) and 64bit (significand), which is different from the IEEE754 standard of 64bit (total) and 53bit (significand). This causes deviance in dd-precision arithmetics.

On the other hand, SSE2 conforms the IEEE754 standard and Intel's CPUs in the 64bit mode employs not FPU but SSE2. Therefore, in the 64bit mode, such deviance does not occur. Even in the use of 32bit CPUs, "-msse2 -mfpmath=sse" provides a safe computation.

Fortunately, in the FPU Control Register, there is the flag that specifies a computational precision. If one can change this flag from 64bit to 53bit, the deviance due to FPU is prevented. Although this can be done with including fpu53.h in this library, some compiler may not support this change.

8. Others

(Added on Nov. 12, 2014) We implemented a mathematical function (approximation) when using dd.hpp alone. Verified mathematical functions for interval<dd> can be used originally.

stringtodd, ddtostring contained in conv-dd.hpp performs mutual conversion between dd type and decimal character string. Since conv-dd.hpp can be used alone, if you are troubled with dd input/output, please use it.

We implemented infinite similar to IEEE 754 Std. The internal representation is (±∞, 0).