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Re: [Chicken-users] Bignums in core

From: Ivan Raikov
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] Bignums in core
Date: Sun, 04 Oct 2009 15:41:59 +0900
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.3 (gnu/linux)

  I agree that bignums do not automatically equal slower (fixnum)
performance. For example, see here:

Also, the Glasgow Haskell Compiler wiki has some notes on replacing GMP:


John Cowan <address@hidden> writes:

> Nicholas Indy Ray scripsit:
>> Bignums are nice and all, but I hardly see it as a practical
>> necessity. Plus if I had to choose between fix/flonums or bignums
>> and slower number performance, I'd choose the prior, that is why I
>> use chicken!
> Bignums don't hurt performance much unless you use them.  Ratios can
> hurt performance, but I'm not proposing them: / should still return a
> flonum if the mathematical result is not an integer.

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