Float16Array

T.J. Crowder tj.crowder at farsightsoftware.com
Wed May 17 12:15:21 UTC 2017


I'd missed that this was the continuation of a thread. Florian Bösch
[started it](https://esdiscuss.org/topic/float16array#content-0) with
interop in mind, in fact. So that makes sense.

-- T.J. Crowder


On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 1:12 PM, T.J. Crowder <
tj.crowder at farsightsoftware.com> wrote:

> On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 1:05 PM, Leo Balter <leonardo.balter at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> The current spec is based on IEEE 754 and matches the floating point
>> specs. What would Float16 be based on?
>>
>
> There's a binary16 format specified by IEEE-754 2008.
>
> But I agree with the "why" comment. 16-bit (aka "half precision") binary
> floating point is not very useful here in 2017 except for interop (森建 -
> is interop your motivation?)...
>
> I'd be much more interested to see support for the "new" (nine years ago)
> decimal formats.
>
> -- T.J. Crowder
>
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