Patent Number: 6,253,222

Title: Compression of limited range floating point numbers

Abstract: A high-speed method for the compression and decompression of floating point numbers. The floating point numbers are biased using a predefined value and then stored in compressed format occupying less memory than that of the non-compressed floating point numbers. Decompression of the compressed floating point number follows a reverse process. These techniques are useful with applications in which the numbers to be compressed fall within a given range.

Inventors: Dyer; Don W. (Ft. Collins, CO), Sands; Samuel C (Loveland, CO)

Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company

International Classification: G06F 7/00 (20060101); G06F 7/38 (20060101); G06F 007/00 (); G06F 007/38 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018