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Subject: Re: [boost] [gsoc]Intrest - big integer library
From: Barend Gehrels (barend_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-02-16 14:57:23

> For some if it gets the right answer, time is unimportant - for others speed is
> paramount.
> You should search through the archives for at least the following to see what a
> minefield it is!
> bigint Big integer library by Richard Peters
> mp_int by Kevin Sopp
> Introduction of numeric_adaptor - switching the underlying mechanism.
> Arbitrary precision arithmetic
> [mp_math] a multi precision signed integer library
> Using NTL and MPFR
> Many of the problems are also in testing and documentation to get something that
> is good enough to review, revise, and revise and get accepted during the GSoC
> period.
> PS Of course there is also a need for floating point ;-) But this is an even
> bigger can of worms!

To add a relatively new one, and currently my favorite:

Having the BSD license, being template based and header only, supporting
integer and floating point, its precision can be specified by template,
this one would IMO fit into Boost.

Regards, Barend

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