Monthly Archives: August 2017

How Fast is Quadruple Precision Arithmetic?

When I am testing an algorithm running in double precision arithmetic I often want to compare the computed solution with a reference solution: a solution that is fully accurate to double precision. To obtain one I solve the same problem … Continue reading

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How and How Not to Compute a Relative Error

The relative error in a scalar as an approximation to a scalar is the absolute value of . I recently came across a program in which had been computed as . It had never occurred to me to compute it … Continue reading

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SIAM Annual Meeting 2017 Highlights

It’s a couple of weeks since the 2017 SIAM Annual Meeting, which I previewed in an earlier post. The meeting was held at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh and was co-chaired by Des Higham (University of Strathclyde) and … Continue reading

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