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From "Yonik Seeley (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-467) Use Float.floatToRawIntBits over Float.floatToIntBits
Date Sat, 19 Nov 2005 20:51:25 GMT
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Yonik Seeley commented on LUCENE-467:

Committed current implementation as SmallFloat

Unless I hear objections, I'll convert the norm encoding/decoding in Similarity to use it.

> Use Float.floatToRawIntBits over Float.floatToIntBits
> -----------------------------------------------------
>          Key: LUCENE-467
>          URL:
>      Project: Lucene - Java
>         Type: Improvement
>   Components: Other
>     Versions: 1.9
>     Reporter: Yonik Seeley
>     Priority: Minor

> Copied From my Email:
>   Float.floatToRawIntBits (in Java1.4) gives the raw float bits without
> normalization (like *(int*)&floatvar would in C).  Since it doesn't do
> normalization of NaN values, it's faster (and hopefully optimized to a
> simple inline machine instruction by the JVM).
> On my Pentium4, using floatToRawIntBits is over 5 times as fast as
> floatToIntBits.
> That can really add up in something like Similarity.floatToByte() for
> encoding norms, especially if used as a way to compress an array of
> float during query time as suggested by Doug.

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