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# * or /? Which is faster?

Guest
Which is faster, multiplication or division? Does it matter? Say i had to divide a lot of numbers by 3. Would it be faster to multiply them by 0.333333333? Lets assume that all the numbers are floats.

• Guest
: Which is faster, multiplication or division? Does it matter? Say i had to divide a lot of numbers by 3. Would it be faster to multiply them by 0.333333333? Lets assume that all the numbers are floats.

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Depends, would you call about ten times as fast faster or slower? *grin*. go for the fmul. Always.

• Guest
A tip!

If you want to divide, or multiply a number

by a factor that equals n^2 e.g (1, 2, 4, 8, 16..)

use SHL(SHiftLeft) for multiplication, and

SHR(SHiftRight) for division.

//-------

int x = 12 >> 1; // x is now (12 / 1^2) = 6

int x = 12 << 2; // x is now (12 * 2^2) = 48<br>
//-------

REMEMBER! it's for int numbers =)

(int)floatVar << x, should work though.<br>

SHR, and SHL can speed up programs SO! much..

Trust me.

Always try to get rid of the "*", and "/"

You can use lookuptables with fixed-point math.

//-----------

float u = x/y * 1024 // x/y << 10<br>
long int z = u;

printf("%f", (float)(u >> 10));

//-----------

try something like this.

hope this stuff helps.

• Guest
Thanks a lot guys/gals. BTW, any idea why division is ten times slower?

• Guest
Thanks a lot guys/gals. BTW, any idea why division is ten times slower? Seems a little much, you aren't exagerating are you?

• Guest
Who gives a rat's ass?

: Thanks a lot guys/gals. BTW, any idea why division is ten times slower?

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