NAG C Library, Mark 8

CLAMP08DAL - License Managed

Apple Power Mac, (Mac OS X), cc

Users' Note


1. Introduction

This document is essential reading for every user of the NAG C Library Implementation specified in the title. It provides implementation-specific detail that augments the information provided in the NAG C Library Manual. Wherever that manual refers to the "Users' Note for your implementation", you should consult this note.

In addition, NAG recommends that before calling any library routine you should read the following reference material (see Section 5):

(a) Essential Introduction
(b) Chapter Introduction
(c) Routine Document

2. Availability of Routines

All routines listed in the chapter contents documents of the NAG C Library Manual, Mark 8 are available in this implementation. Please consult Mark 8 News (see Section 5) for a list of new routines and for a list of routines scheduled for withdrawal at future Marks. Your suggestions for new algorithms for future releases of the Library are welcomed (see Section 7).

3. General Information

3.1. Accessing the Library

Assuming that libnagc_nag.a and libnagc_nag.dylib have been installed in a directory in the search path of the linker, such as /usr/lib, and that the NAG include files have been moved to /usr/include, then you may link to the NAG C Library in the following manner:

cc driver.c -lnagc_nag -lpthread -lm 
where driver.c is your application program.

If the include files are in a location other than /usr/include, such as /usr/local/include, then you may link to the NAG C Library in the following manner:

cc -I/usr/local/include driver.c -lnagc_nag -lpthread -lm  

The linker will, by default, pick up the shared library (libnagc_nag.dylib). To force the use of the static library you will have to specify it in full on your command line:

cc driver.c /usr/lib/libnagc_nag.a -lpthread -lm 

3.2. Example Programs

The directory /usr/bin contains two scripts nagc_example and nagc_example_dynamic. The example programs are most easily accessed by one of the commands

Each command will provide you with a copy of an example program (and its data, if any), compile the program and link it with the appropriate libraries (showing you the compile command so that you can recompile your own version of the program). Finally, the executable program will be run, presenting its output to stdout.

The example program concerned is specified by the argument to the command, e.g.

nagc_example d01ajc

will copy the example program into the file d01ajce.c in the current directory and process it to produce the example program results.

The example programs are supplied in machine-readable form. They are suitable for immediate usage. Note that the distributed example programs are those used in this implementation and may not correspond exactly with the programs published in the manual. The distributed example programs should be used in preference wherever possible.

The distributed example results are those obtained with the NAG self-contained static library libnagc_nag.a, (using the NAG BLAS and LAPACK routines).

4. Routine-specific Information

Any further information which applies to one or more routines in this implementation is listed below, chapter by chapter.
  1. s10 - s21

    Functions in this chapter will give error messages if called with illegal or unsafe arguments. General details are given in the NAG C Library Manual, but parameter limits which are implementation specific are given below:
    s10aac  E(1)      = 1.8500e+1
    s10abc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if X > 7.080e+2
    s10acc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if X > 7.080e+2
    s13aac  X(hi)     = 7.083e+2
    s13acc  X(hi)     = 1.0e+16
    s13adc  X(hi)     = 1.0e+17
    s14aac  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if X > 1.70e+2
            fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_LT if X < -1.70e+2
            fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_TOO_SMALL if ABS(X) < 2.23e-308
    s14abc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if X > 2.55e+305
    s17acc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if X > 1.0e+16
    s17adc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if X > 1.0e+16
            fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_TOO_SMALL if X <= 2.23e-308
    s17aec  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if ABS(X) > 1.0e+16
    s17afc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if ABS(X) > 1.0e+16
    s17agc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if X > 1.038e+2
            fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_LT if X < -5.6e+10
    s17ahc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if X > 1.041e+2
            fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_LT if X < -5.6e+10
    s17ajc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if X > 1.041e+2
            fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_LT if X < -1.8e+9
    s17akc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if X > 1.041e+2
            fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_LT if X < -1.8e+9
    s18adc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_TOO_SMALL if 0.0D+00 < X <= 2.23e-308
    s18aec  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if ABS(X) > 7.116e+2
    s18afc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if ABS(X) > 7.116e+2
    s18cdc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_TOO_SMALL if 0.0D+00 < X <= 2.23e-308
    s19aac  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if ABS(X) >= 4.95000e+1
    s19abc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if ABS(X) >= 4.95000e+1
    s19acc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if X > 9.9726e+2
    s19adc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if X > 9.9726e+2
    s21bcc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_LT if an argument < 1.579e-205
            fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GE if an argument >= 3.774e+202
    s21bdc  fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_LT if an argument < 2.820e-103
            fail.code = NE_REAL_ARG_GT if an argument > 1.404e+102
  2. x01

    The values of the mathematical constants are provided in the header file nagx01.h
    X01AAC (pi)    = 3.1415926535897932
    X01ABC (gamma) = 0.5772156649015329
  3. x02

    The values of the machine constants are provided in in the header file nagx02.h

    The basic parameters of the model

    X02BHC = 2
    X02BJC = 53
    X02BKC = -1021
    X02BLC = 1024
    X02DJC = Nag_TRUE

    Derived parameters of the floating-point arithmetic

    X02AJC = 1.11022302462516e-16
    X02AKC = 2.22507385850721e-308
    X02ALC = 1.79769313486231e+308
    X02AMC = 2.22507385850721e-308
    X02ANC = 2.22507385850721e-308

    Parameters of other aspects of the computing environment

    X02AHC = 8.11296384146067e+31
    X02BBC = 2147483647
    X02BEC = 15
    X02DAC = Nag_FALSE

5. Documentation

A full online version of the NAG C Library Manual is supplied in the form of Portable Document Format (PDF) files, with an HTML index, in the nagdoc_cl08 directory. The introductory material is also provided as HTML files in the nagdoc_cl08 directory.

A main index file has been provided (nagdoc_cl08/html/mark8.html) which contains a fully linked contents document pointing to all the available PDF (and where available HTML) files. Use your HTML browser to navigate from here.

In addition the following are provided:

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