Improving Software Floating Point Support

File uploaded by kamrans on May 23, 2012Last modified by kamrans on Jun 14, 2012
Version 2Show Document
  • View in full screen mode

GCC’s runtime library contains a set of software floating point routines, to be used when the required operation is not available in  hardware. These routines have not been significantly optimized, and  software floating point performs more poorly than it could. We discuss  various pitfalls in their implementation. The GNU C library, glibc, also  contains software floating point routines, and those have been  optimized reasonably well. We show performance numbers obtained from  portions of the EEMBC benchmark running on two PowerPC systems comparing  the routines from the two libraries. We discuss the incorporation of  the glibc routines into GCC’s runtime library, and show how to convert  other backends to use the new glibc routines.

Outcomes