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Single Precision    

Robert P. Munafo, 2023 Jul 3.

This term almost always refers to the IEEE 754 32-bit floating point format, having 23 mantissa bits and an 8-bit exponent.

Because it is the smallest precision that is widely available with "native" hardware support (including in GPUs), single precision is ideally suited for use for the interpolation/extrapolation calculations in perturbation methods, where vectorization of various kinds can usually be employed. It also finds much use in floatexp implementations.

See also double precision.

From the Mandelbrot Set Glossary and Encyclopedia, by Robert Munafo, (c) 1987-2024.

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