Hi,

today I have released the following packages for fast arbitrary precision

decimal arithmetic:

1. libmpdec

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Libmpdec is a C (C++ ready) library for arbitrary precision decimal

arithmetic. It is a complete implementation of Mike Cowlishaw's

General Decimal Arithmetic specification.

2. fastdec.so

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Fastdec.so is a Python C module with the same functionality as decimal.py.

With some restrictions, code written for for decimal.py should work

identically.

3. deccheck.py

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deccheck.py performs redundant calculations using both decimal.py and

fastdec.so. For each calculation the results of both modules are compared

and an exception is raised if they differ. This module was mainly developed

for testing, but could in principle be used for redundant calculations.

Correctness

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Libmpdec passes IBM's official test suite and a multitude of additional tests.

Fastdec.so passes (with minor modifications) all Python unit tests. When run

directly, deccheck.py performs very exhaustive tests that compare fastdec.so

with decimal.py.

All tests complete successfully under Valgrind.

Speed

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In a couple of initial benchmarks, libmpdec compares very well against

decNumber and the Intel decimal library. For very large numbers, the speed

is roughly the same as the speed of the apfloat library.

Fastdec.so compares quite well against gmpy and even native Python floats.

In the benchmarks, it is significantly faster than Java's BigDecimal class.

Portability

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All tests have been completed on Linux 64/32-bit, Windows 64/32-bit, OpenSolaris

32-bit, OpenBSD 32-bit and Debian Mips 32-bit. For 32-bit platforms there is

a pure ANSI C version, 64 bit platforms require a couple of asm lines.

Further information and downloads at:

http://www.bytereef.org/libmpdec.html
Stefan Krah