[self-interest] Unlimited integer arithmetics?

tb at becket.net tb at becket.net
Thu Aug 22 23:53:51 UTC 2002

Dru Nelson <dru at redwoodsoft.com> writes:

> Well, for the most part, most people don't need more than the
> 32 bits and 80 bits for floats that we have.
> I don't mind a definition of a larger integer standard, but
> computer architecture doesn't really prohibit you from using
> larger integers that you build yourself.

Yes, it does.  The ideal is a numeric tower that seamlessly integrates
all the different sorts.  A good place to look for how to design this
is Scheme.

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