Why aren’t Floating-Point Decimal numbers hardware accelerated like Floating-Point Binary numbers?

The latest revision of the IEEE 754:2008 standard does indeed define hardware decimal floating point numbers, using the representations shown in the software referenced in the question. The previous version of the standard (IEEE 754:1985) did not provide decimal floating point numbers. Most current hardware implements the 1985 standard and not the 2008 standard, but … Read more