[Haskell-cafe] RealFrac methods for Double and Float
daniel.is.fischer at web.de
Sun Oct 10 20:02:28 EDT 2010
I have put together a package to test possible implementations of the
RealFrac methods for Double and Float (base-2 IEEE754) and uploaded a
.tar.gz bundle to http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/ticket/2271 .
On the one hand, pure Haskell implementations, on the other hand
implementations calling out to rint[f], trunc[f], floor[f] and ceil[f] from
Both ways go via Integer by default, with a specialised faster
implementation for Int (and narrower types, but those RULES haven't yet
been written) enabled by a rewrite rule.
Overall, the pure Haskell implementations don't fare badly on my computer.
All give a speedup compared to the current implementation, for most
conversions, pure Haskell is on par with or faster than the C-call
(although that would probably change if the C functions were made primops).
The FFI calls are significantly faster for
properFraction :: Double -> (Integer, Double)
and for round (except round :: Integral a => Float -> a when compiled
via C, then native and FFI are on par).
Sample results for the speedups against the current implementation (note:
for truncate :: x -> Int, the Prelude value is fst . properFraction, not
the rewritten float2Int or double2Int) are included in the tarball.
I would appreciate feedback from your tests/benchmarks on other platforms,
especially 64-bit platforms (mine is x86 linux, 32 bit).
To run the QuickCheck tests, you need QuickCheck-2.*, to run the
More instructions in the README.
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