audit ghc floating point support for IEEE (non)compliance
As best I can determine, ghc has never been closely audited for conformance to IEEE-754 (floating point) standard and currently is a bit far from providing a compliant implementation.
This impacts both a number of other tasks i wish to do for ghc **and** much of my own use of haskell is in a floating point heavy workloads, I will do a bit of leg work to:
a) improve test suite support for checking for compliance b) write some patches to provide portable compliant primops for the operations which need compiler support c) try to determine how to allow ghc optimizer to be a bit more aggressive in a sound way in the presence of floating point.
(this may grow into a few subtickets, we'll see)