[Melbourne-pm] Looking for a (cheap) machine that provides 113-bit precision long double

Dean Hamstead dean at fragfest.com.au
Fri Feb 19 17:19:06 PST 2016

dec alpha *may* be the most easily procured? tbh im not certain on arm64 
and mips64el

s390x (systemz) forget it. you probably dont want to spend the money on 
the power needed to run one for any useful length of time. ok thats an 
assumption. but these machines are basically a full rack or more.

however, in the case of both dec alpha and s390x you might be able to 
get a shell account somewhere. either free or paid. google has lots of 
shell account providers but precious few that would be non-x86


On 2016-02-20 02:04, sisyphus1 at optusnet.com.au wrote:
> Hi guys,
> A recent bug report from Debian package managers (see
> https://rt.cpan.org/Public/Dist/Display.html?Status=Resolved;Name=Math-MPFR)
> ultimately alerted me to the fact that they are providing packages for
> a number of architectures that offer the 113-bit precision long
> doubles.
> Those architectures include alpha, arm64, mips64el and s390x.
> They weren't actually providing any -Duselongdouble builds of perl for
> those machines - which strikes me as being rather boringly
> unadventurous.
> Does anyone here happen to know if it's at all likely that I'd be able
> to purchase, second hand (and at a reasonable price), such a machine
> somewhere in Melbourne ?
> If so, where ?
> Or are these machines likely to be expensive ? (This is a whim that
> doesn't justify the spending of big money.)
> My ebay/gumtree/google-fu went missing tonight - all I can find is
> offers for iPads, Dell computers, or Acer laptops (mostly new).
> Even a link that puts me in the right ballpark would suffice -
> assuming that such a ballpark exists.
> Thoughts welcome !!
> Cheers,
> Rob
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