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- Subject: Re: [eigen] (General question) Floating point: why are 'inf' and 'nan' slow?
- From: Benoit Jacob <jacob.benoit.1@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:28:07 -0400
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2009/9/23 Jitse Niesen <jitse@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
>> Here, on linux / x86, my programs run 100x slower when the
>> floating-point values are 'inf' or 'nan'.
> I seem to remember that this is a problem / feature in the design with Intel
> FPUs, but not with the AMD ones. Computations with these special values take
> longer, presumably because the people that designed the chip thought that
> they are not used often. Here's an article I found (it's from some time ago
> though): http://www.cygnus-software.com/papers/x86andinfinity.html
> I never looked into it in detail though.
OK, thanks for the link, that was interesting. I confirms exactly my
experience (I have a Core 1 Duo so it's not specific to the Pentium
It is interesting that it mentions that, while the issues with INF and
NAN are specific to Intel non-SSE, the issues with denormals are
universal. For Eigen though, the big issue is INF and NAN.