Type: New Feature
Affects Version/s: None
Fix Version/s: 2.2
JDK 1.4 - 1.6
I would like to contribute improved versions on exp(), log(), pow(), etc. to the project. Please refer to this discussion thread http://markmail.org/message/zyeoguw6gwtofm62.
I have developed over the past year a set of elementary functions similar to those in java.lang.Math, but with the following characteristics:
- Higher performance.
- Better accuracy. Results are accurate to slightly more that +/- 0.5 ULP.
- Pure Java. The standard Math class is impleneted via JNI, and thus takes a performance hit.
Note that some functions such as exp are nearly twice as fast in my implementation. I've seen it 3 times faster on different processors. The preformance varies by the relative speed of calculation vs memory lookups.
The functions are implemented as tables of values in extra precision (approx 70 bits), and then interpolated with a minimax polynomial.