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CS326 Homework #7

CS326 Homework #7 - CS 326 Computer Organization and Design...

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CS 326 Computer Organization and Design Spring 2012 Homework #7 DUE: April 4, 2012 Introduction This is the first of a three part assignment that exploits the information we have learned about binary floating-point numbers. The purpose of this assignment is to establish a foundation for the next two assignments. There is no programming required for this assignment but the work you perform will be applied in MIPS programming in the next two assignments. Review We learned that binary floating-point numbers are composed of three parts: sign bit, exponent bits and significand bits. We will consider only 32-bit single-precision representation of floating-point numbers for the work in this and subsequent assignments. The sign bit is the most significant bit of the 32-bit single-precision number, followed by eight (8) bits for the exponent, followed by twenty-three (23) bits for the significand. For all floating-point arithmetic operations, the hardware
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