Re: Alpha recommendations
I'll take a look at libffm to see what's included. Those routines are
optimized and faster than glibc, but are accurate for only a restricted
domain, or so I've been told...
I've heard that rth is working to integrate some of the new math routines
99% of my work is integer related, which Alpha excels at too... so
unfortunately I don't have extensive experience optimizing fp routines.
The irony is that Alpha has such a reputation for fp work, that people
sometimes don't realize its potential for data-processing, etc.
On Thu, 15 Oct 1998, Scott Lewis wrote:
> > CPU/OS Integer FP
> > ----------------------- ------- ------
> > Pentium 233MHz, WinNT4: 2.63 2.22
> > Sun UltraSPARC, 350MHz,
> > Solaris 2.6: 3.54 3.11
> > Alpha 164SX, 533MHz,
> > Debian/Linux: 8.17 2.92
> > (Tests were performed with GCC 2.7.2 on Pentium and UltraSPARC, and
> > egcs-1.1 on Alpha.) Clearly my 164SX does well on integer. The fp
> > results are disappointing, but not suprising since they depend on sqrt(),
> > sin() and cos() which are poorly optimized in glibc.
> I heard that some folks are working on sqrt, but what about other fp ops?
> I would love to see what my Alpha can really do, especially since I intend
> to start a research project with some pretty heavy math in it. (I intend
> to _try_ to manipulate current ray-tracing algorithms to use acoustic
> parameters rather than optical in an attempt to model room acoustic
> performance, if anybody cares.) Well, for that matter, what is involved
> (generally) in optimizing said operations? Is it a matter of
> reformulating the algorithm, or do you actually need to do alpha-specific
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