Floating-Point Poetry

I gave a talk at iFest on Saturday that briefly covered some performance and precision issues taken from my series of floating-point blog posts. My talk was after Ed Fries, who did a brilliant talk on art and constraints, centered around Halo 2600. As an example of constraints helping to create art he mentioned the art of haiku, complete with a haiku about Donkey Kong, and he said that it would probably be the only poetry that day.

Since I had my laptop with me I added a new ‘Conclusions’ slide to my deck, with the bullet points revealed one at a time:


Constraints indeed. I think it summarized the core points of my talk quite well.

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I'm a programmer, working for Google, focusing on optimization and reliability. Nothing's more fun than making code run 10x as fast. Unless it's eliminating large numbers of bugs. I also unicycle. And play (ice) hockey. And sled hockey. And juggle. And worry about whether this blog should have been called randomutf-8. 2010s in review tells more: https://twitter.com/BruceDawson0xB/status/1212101533015298048
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3 Responses to Floating-Point Poetry

  1. Rick Regan says:

    Here’s one I wrote about a year ago (http://www.exploringbinary.com/binary-numbers-haiku/):

    Numbers don’t add up.
    IEEE floating-point.
    Use an epsilon.

  2. Pingback: Float Precision Revisited: Nine Digit Float Portability | Random ASCII

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