[PATCH] Fix for k_tan.c specific inputs

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[PATCH] Fix for k_tan.c specific inputs

Fabian Schriever
This fix for k_tan.c is a copy from fdlibm version 5.3 (see also
http://www.netlib.org/fdlibm/readme), adjusted to use the macros
available in newlib (SET_LOW_WORD).

This fix reduces the ULP error of the value shown in the fdlibm readme
(tan(1.7765241907548024E+269)) to 0.45 (thereby reducing the error by
1).

This issue only happens for large numbers that get reduced by the range
reduction to a value smaller in magnitude than 2^-28, that is also
reduced an uneven number of times. This seems rather unlikely given that
one ULP is (much) larger than 2^-28 for the values that may cause an
issue.  Although given the sheer number of values a double can
represent, it is still possible that there are more affected values,
finding them however will be quite hard, if not impossible.

We also took a look at how another library (libm in FreeBSD) handles the
issue: In FreeBSD the complete if branch which checks for values smaller
than 2^-28 (or rather 2^-27, another change done by FreeBSD) is moved
out of the kernel function and into the external function. This means
that the value that gets checked for this condition is the unreduced
value. Therefore the input value which caused a problem in the
fdlibm/newlib kernel tan will run through the full polynomial, including
the careful calculation of -1/(x+r). So the difference is really whether
r or y is used. r = y + p with p being the result of the polynomial with
1/3*x^3 being the largest (and magnitude defining) value. With x being
<2^-27 we therefore know that p is smaller than y (y has to be at least
the size of the value of x last mantissa bit divided by 2, which is at
least x*2^-51 for doubles) by enough to warrant saying that r ~ y.  So
we can conclude that the general implementation of this special case is
the same, FreeBSD simply has a different philosophy on when to handle
especially small numbers.
---
 newlib/libm/math/k_tan.c | 29 +++++++++++++++++++++--------
 1 file changed, 21 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)

diff --git a/newlib/libm/math/k_tan.c b/newlib/libm/math/k_tan.c
index 9f5b30760..4be82d599 100644
--- a/newlib/libm/math/k_tan.c
+++ b/newlib/libm/math/k_tan.c
@@ -84,14 +84,27 @@ T[] =  {
  __int32_t ix,hx;
  GET_HIGH_WORD(hx,x);
  ix = hx&0x7fffffff; /* high word of |x| */
- if(ix<0x3e300000) /* x < 2**-28 */
-    {if((int)x==0) { /* generate inexact */
-        __uint32_t low;
- GET_LOW_WORD(low,x);
- if(((ix|low)|(iy+1))==0) return one/fabs(x);
- else return (iy==1)? x: -one/x;
-    }
-    }
+ if(ix<0x3e300000) { /* x < 2**-28 */
+ if((int)x==0) { /* generate inexact */
+ __uint32_t low;
+ GET_LOW_WORD(low,x);
+ if(((ix|low)|(iy+1))==0) return one/fabs(x);
+ else {
+ if(iy==1)
+ return x;
+ else {
+ double a, t;
+ z = w = x + y;
+ SET_LOW_WORD(z,0);
+ v = y - (z - x);
+ t = a = -one / w;
+ SET_LOW_WORD(t,0);
+ s = one + t * z;
+ return t + a * (s + t * v);
+ }
+ }
+ }
+ }
  if(ix>=0x3FE59428) { /* |x|>=0.6744 */
     if(hx<0) {x = -x; y = -y;}
     z = pio4-x;
--
2.24.1.windows.2


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Re: [PATCH] Fix for k_tan.c specific inputs

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On Mar 17 15:48, Fabian Schriever wrote:

> This fix for k_tan.c is a copy from fdlibm version 5.3 (see also
> http://www.netlib.org/fdlibm/readme), adjusted to use the macros
> available in newlib (SET_LOW_WORD).
>
> This fix reduces the ULP error of the value shown in the fdlibm readme
> (tan(1.7765241907548024E+269)) to 0.45 (thereby reducing the error by
> 1).
>
> This issue only happens for large numbers that get reduced by the range
> reduction to a value smaller in magnitude than 2^-28, that is also
> reduced an uneven number of times. This seems rather unlikely given that
> one ULP is (much) larger than 2^-28 for the values that may cause an
> issue.  Although given the sheer number of values a double can
> represent, it is still possible that there are more affected values,
> finding them however will be quite hard, if not impossible.
>
> We also took a look at how another library (libm in FreeBSD) handles the
> issue: In FreeBSD the complete if branch which checks for values smaller
> than 2^-28 (or rather 2^-27, another change done by FreeBSD) is moved
> out of the kernel function and into the external function. This means
> that the value that gets checked for this condition is the unreduced
> value. Therefore the input value which caused a problem in the
> fdlibm/newlib kernel tan will run through the full polynomial, including
> the careful calculation of -1/(x+r). So the difference is really whether
> r or y is used. r = y + p with p being the result of the polynomial with
> 1/3*x^3 being the largest (and magnitude defining) value. With x being
> <2^-27 we therefore know that p is smaller than y (y has to be at least
> the size of the value of x last mantissa bit divided by 2, which is at
> least x*2^-51 for doubles) by enough to warrant saying that r ~ y.  So
> we can conclude that the general implementation of this special case is
> the same, FreeBSD simply has a different philosophy on when to handle
> especially small numbers.
> ---
>  newlib/libm/math/k_tan.c | 29 +++++++++++++++++++++--------
>  1 file changed, 21 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)
Pushed.


Thanks,
Corinna

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Corinna Vinschen
Cygwin Maintainer
Red Hat

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