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Last active Aug 29, 2015
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Simple experiment with floating-point rounding modes in C
#include <fenv.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
double do_the_thing(const char *mode) {
float b, v;
int i;
b = 0.01;
// Perform a lot of operations on b to accumulate rounding.
for (i = 0; i < 100000; i++)
b *= 1.00001;
v = 0.1 - b;
printf("%s %f\n", mode, v);
return v;
int main(int argc, char *argv[]) {
do_the_thing("round default: ");
do_the_thing("round up: ");
do_the_thing("round down: ");
return 0;
// gcc -O0 test.c -Wall -lm && ./a.out
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