[Numpy-discussion] Does float16 exist?
Tue Jan 8 21:14:17 CST 2008
Charles R Harris wrote:
> On Jan 8, 2008 1:58 PM, Bill Baxter <email@example.com
> <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> wrote:
> If you're really going to try to do it, Charles, there's an
> implementation of float16 in the OpenEXR toolkit.
> Or more precisely it's in the files in the Half/ directory of this:
> I don't know if it's IEEE conformant or not (especially w.r.t. NaN's
> and such) but it should be a good start. The code seems to be well
> The license looks good, essentially BSD. The code is all C++, which is
> the obvious way to go for this sort of thing, and I would like to
> stick with it, but that could lead to build/compatibility problems. I
> think NumPy itself should really be in C++. Maybe scons can help with
> the build.
Why do you think scons would help ? You can build C++ code today with
distutils; but I am not sure it is ok to use C++ in numpy (e.g. adding a
C++ compiler dependency). Also, note that C++ is really a mess to
support on multi-platform because of compiler incompabilities (at the
source and at the binary level).
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