floating-point love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a method of writing numeric quantities with a mantissa representing the value of the digits and a characteristic indicating the power of the number base, such as 3 × 10-5.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • Results are frequently expressed in "petaflops," indicating that a quadrillion floating-point operations—a type of scientific calculation—are completed each second.

    Cray to Take On Supercomputer After IBM's Exit

  • Based on data submitted so far, Mr. Dongarra said, the Sunway machine has "credible" sustained performance of about 795 teraflops--or trillion floating-point operations per second, a measure of scientific calculations based on standard tests.

    China Supercomputer Uses Homegrown Chips

  • Unlike today's supercomputers, with speeds that are measured in petaflops - a quadrillion sustained floating-point operations per second - the next generation will be measured in exaflops - a quintillion, or one million trillion floating point operations per second.

    Eric D. Isaacs: Why America Must Win the Supercomputing Race

  • Unlike today's supercomputers, with speeds that are measured in petaflops -a quadrillion sustained floating-point operations per second - the next generation will be measured in exaflops - a quintillion, or one million trillion floating point operations per second.

    Eric D. Isaacs: Why America Must Win the Supercomputing Race

  • In fact, I've rambled at length on my theories of subgenre boundaries - you see, sub-genres are floating-point variables, not binaries.

    MIND MELD: What's Your Favorite Sub-Genre of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

  • For example, Excel uses floating-point math, which can sometimes give people disconcerting results.

    Wish list

  • The way you add two integers is quite different to the way you add two floating-point numbers, or a float and an integer, or two matrices.

    Snell-Pym » Generic Functions

  • You have to manage your own storage, and it's up to you to preserve type safety; code sequences such as 123 3.0 + integer addition when there's a floating-point number on top of the stack have undefined behaviour.

    Snell-Pym » HYDROGEN: Conclusion

  • Intel's Pentium chips sported a tiny error in floating-point calculation that led to a product recall.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Gadgets

  • In economics, the parallel is this: If the unitary cost of technology ("per megabyte" or "per megabit per second" or "per thousand floating-point operations per second") is halving every 18 months, when does it come close enough to zero to say that you've arrived and can safely round down to nothing?

    Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.